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 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?

Let's Investigate Triangles 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
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 

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
This interactivity allows you to sort logic blocks by dragging their images.

Transformations on a Pegboard 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?

Stringy Quads 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Stick Images 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
This task requires learners to explain and help others, asking and answering questions.

Geometric Thinking - Teacher Articles 

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2
This series of three articles discusses the development of geometric thinking.