Do you learn about 3D Shapes (or geometric shapes/solids) in your class?  We love learning new vocabulary and my students really enjoying saying things like “cylinder” and “rectangular prism”!

We have a set of geometric solids in our class that we use to introduce the name of the solids and then we go on a hunt around the school to find objects in real life that are those shapes.  This is one of our favorite games!

Once the children are fairly comfortable with the vocabulary, I like to add some hands-on sorting and matching activities on our shelves that the children can do on their own.

I created these sorting cards to go with our “Animals in Winter” theme.

This is a pretty simple printable activity and your younger students should be able to handle it with ease.  You can use these cards in a variety of ways.

  1.  The easiest way to play, is to match the geometric solid acorn card to the squirrel mat.  The geometric solids look the same and this is a pretty simple visual matching task.
  2. Match the real-life solid acorn card to the corresponding geometric solid squirrel mat.  This is a little bit more challenging but still fairly simple!
  3. If you’d like to save on ink, skip the squirrel mats and just print out the acorn cards for matching.  These can be used in a variety of ways.  Match them up in simple pairs, play “memory”, add these cards to a sensory bin and hunt for mini geometric solids.

Check out some of these other resources to learn about geometric solids:

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