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.
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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.
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.
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.
Some of our Favorite Shape Books for Kids:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
My First SHAPES Padded Board BookRound Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes (A Latino Book of Concepts)Tangled: A Story About ShapesMouse ShapesShapesShape by ShapeCaptain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart 2)Circle, Square, MooseThis Is a Book of ShapesPerfect Square
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