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By Thelma Page is a freelance education writer and retired teacher

Get to grips with the properties of 2D and 3D shapes

Learning objectives: describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes; use the mathematical names for 2D and 3D shapes.

You will need

A collection of 2D and 3D shapes including sets of geometric shapes and plenty of everyday objects that have recognizable geometric shapes, such as tins, boxes, tubes, balls, plates, beads, pastry cutters and stickers.

Whole class

Invite the children to sit in a circle on the floor with the objects in the space in the middle. Explain that you are going to play a shape-finding game. Ask three children to find a circle, either as a flat shape or as part of an object, such as a lid. Get them to stand up and explain how they know that the shape they have found is a circle (it is round like a wheel). For older children, show them an oval shape and ask them to explain how a circle is different from an oval.

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