Explore the differences between 2D shapes and 3D objects with an active game!
Is It 2D… Or Not 2D?
That is the question! But you don’t need to resort to Shakespeare to teach two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes to your students… all you need is this active game!
Read on to learn how to use this hands-on learning activity with your students.
How to Play Geometry Toss
Beanbags (at least three)
Tape or sticky putty
- Place the shape cards in an array on the classroom floor or another large area.
- Arrange the class into equal groups or teams. Have each team stand in a line behind the mark, facing the cards.
- Give the first student of each team a beanbag.
- Say either the name of a 2D or 3D shape or a description of a shape using its attributes.
- When the student thinks they know what shape is being described, they toss their beanbag onto the matching card. The first student to land their beanbag on (or closest to) the correct shape card earns a point for their team. If beanbags land at the same time, choose the one closest to the centre of the figure.
- Students then gather their beanbags, pass them to the next team member, and walk to the back of the line.
- Play continues until everyone has had at least one turn. The team with the most points wins!
What Shapes Are Included?
The 2D shapes included in this resource are as follows: circle, square, rectangle, equilateral triangle, right-angled triangle, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, rhombus, trapezium.
The 3D shapes included in this resource are as follows: sphere, square-based pyramid, triangular prism, rectangular prism, cylinder, cube, cone.
Tweak the Printing Options to Suit Your Needs
Access this resource via the Download button above. Use the dropdown arrow to select between the full-colour or black-and-white version.
This resource has been designed with each shape taking up one landscape page. Should you wish to print the posters at a smaller size, you can do this by choosing to print multiple posters on each page via your printer options.
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