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Shape up


Shape up

What to do with this activity?

Recognising and understanding two dimensional and three dimensional shapes can be tricky. Two dimensional means something is flat; whereas three dimensional objects have a depth. Help your child look at the world around them and notice the shapes that are everywhere.

Notice the two dimensional circles, squares, triangles, ovals, rectangles on signs and posters. And talk with your child about the three dimensional cones, cylinders, cubes and spheres in everyday objects. Icecream comes in a cone; balls are spheres; tin cans are cylinders. Make a model of a house or a church with cardboard cut from cereal boxes, the middle of kitchen paper rolls, ping pong balls, and so on. 

Here are three great games from IXL to help your child recognise two and three dimensional shapes.  

Shapes Game One

Shapes Game Two

Shapes Game Three


  • Why am I doing this?

    Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.

  • How can I do more?

    Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.

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