It doesn’t get much simpler than this folks. 30 seconds or less prep-time for this activity puts this at the top of my easiest activities ever. So if you have 30 seconds to spare you can get your kids working on this simple 3D shapes activity with pipe cleaners.

30 seconds is all it takes to prepare this super simple 3D shapes activity!

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Materials for the Pipe Cleaner Shapes

  • Pipe Cleaners
30 seconds is all it takes to prepare this super simple 3D shapes activity!

Yup. That’s it.

As fast as you can walk to your craft drawers, you can have this activity ready to go for your kids!

I fully admit to loving low-prep, high impact activities and this is definitely one of them.

30 seconds is all it takes to prepare this super simple 3D shapes activity!

Kids can get a hands-on look at what 3D shapes are. Now, for the purists, these are not solids, they are simple representations of 3D shapes. if you want them to ‘be’ the shape, you may consider using some felt to cover the outsides.

You can introduce each shape using the cards from our 3D Shapes Slap-It! game or find shapes throughout the home or classroom.

3D Shapes are everywhere, but kids often don’t think of them according to their mathematical names. For fun, go on a scavenger hunt to find cones, rectangular prisms or cubes.

30 seconds is all it takes to prepare this super simple 3D shapes activity!

Have the kids use the knowledge that they’ve gained from the Slap It! cards and from looking around the room to create the shapes with the pipe cleaners. I don’t have specific directions for each shape, since the kids can make them in all sizes.

I would use this more as a review activity for the kids to demonstrate what they have learned about 3D shapes.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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