Playing with 2D Shape

Playing with 2D Shape

Giving children chance to 'play around' with two-dimensional shapes gives them the freedom to explore spatial properties for themselves, thereby developing their understanding in a meaningful way.  These activities offer contexts in which children can engage in this 'play'.

Matching Triangles 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?

Let's Investigate Triangles 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?

Sorting Logic Blocks 

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:
This activity focuses on similarities and differences between shapes.

Transformations on a Pegboard 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?

Stringy Quads 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Stick Images 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
This task requires learners to explain and help others, asking and answering questions.
This series of three articles discusses the development of geometric thinking.