# 3d Shapes Worksheets Properties and Names of 3d Shapes

Welcome to our 3d Shapes Worksheets page.

Here you will find our selection of free shape worksheets to help you child to name and learn some of the properties of the 3d shapes they will meet at 2nd grade.

The main focus on this page is the identification and properties of different types of 3d shapes: cubes, cuboids, prisms, pyramids, cones, cylinders and spheres.

During 2nd grade, children are introduced to a wider range of 2d and 3d shapes.

Children also start to look more closely at the properties shapes have to categorise them. Symmetry is introduced at this level, and children learn to find lines of symmetry by folding shapes or using mirrors. Children are encouraged to look more closely at shapes to recognise the differences between how the shapes are made up. Curved sides and straight sides in 2 dimensions, and curved and flat surfaces in 3 dimensions are identified.

At a 2nd grade level, children should learn to:

• categorise triangles into right, equilateral and isosceles special cases;
• categorise members of the quadrilateral family according to their properties;
• identify a range of 3d shapes such as cylinders, spheres, cones, prisms and cuboids;
• identify lines of symmetry;
• identify a shape which has been flipped or folded.

## 3D Shapes Worksheets

### 3D Shapes Overview

 Cube Cubes have 6 faces, 12 edges and 8 vertices. All sides on a cube are equal length. All faces are square in shape. A cube is a type of cuboid. Cuboid or Rectangular Prism Cuboids have 6 faces, 12 edges and 8 vertices. All the faces are rectangular. Sphere Spheres have either 0 or 1 faces, 0 edges and 0 vertices. Cylinder (a right circular cylinder) Cylinders have either 2 or 3 faces, 0 or 2 edges, and 0 vertices. Cylinders are made up of two curved circular faces connected by a curved face which can be made by folding a rectangle. Cone Cones have either 1 or 2 faces, 0 or 1 edges, and 1 apex (which is described by some mathematicians as a vertex). Triangular Prism Triangular Prisms have 5 faces, 9 edges, and 6 vertices. The two faces at either end are triangles, and the rest of the faces are rectangular. Hexagonal Prism Hexagonal Prisms have 8 faces, 18 edges, and 12 vertices. The two faces at either end are hexagons, and the rest of the faces are rectangular. Triangular-based Pyramid Triangular-based pyramids have 4 faces, 6 edges and 4 vertices. The base is a triangle. All of the faces are triangular. If the triangular faces making up the prism are all equilateral, then the shape is also called a Tetrahedron. Square-based Pyramid Square based pyramids have 5 faces, 8 edges and 5 vertices. The base is a square. All the other faces are triangular. Hexagonal Pyramid Hexagonal pyramids have 7 faces, 12 edges, and 7 vertices. The base is a hexagon. All of the other faces are triangular.

#### Why do some 3d shapes have different numbers for the faces and edges?

This is a really good question and it has everything to do with how the term 'faces' is defined.

• Some mathematicians have decided that faces can only be flat and cannot be curved (so they are referred to as curved surfaces NOT faces).
• Some mathematicians have decided that faces can either be flat or curved so curved surfaces ARE faces.
• An edge is where two faces meet, so if you have decided that the curved surface is not a face, then there is NO EDGE.
• However, If you decide that a curved surface is a face, then there IS AN EDGE where the faces meet.

Personally, I'm in the 'curved surface is a face' camp, but go with whatever definition your teachers advise you!

### 3d Shapes Worksheets

Identifying 3d Shapes

Identify and Count the Faces of 3d Shapes

Faces, Edges and Vertices Sheets

3d Geometry Riddles

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### Identify 3D Shapes Online Quiz 1

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This quick quiz tests your knowledge and skill at indentifying 3D shapes and some of their properties.

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