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The names of shapes

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The names of shapes

What to do with this activity?

The names of 2-dimensional (2-D) and 3-dimensional (3-D) shapes are important and useful to know. The Primary School Maths curriculum in Ireland introduces 3-D shapes in 3rd class when children are around 8 years old. They are taught to "identify, describe and classify" different shapes. 

If your child would like to go over the different shapes at home have a look at the PDF on the top right of this page. It names and shows you 2-D and 3-D shapes.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. 

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.

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