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3D Shape STEM Challenge Cards

These STEM challenge cards are perfect for encouraging children to explore 3D shapes and their attributes through hands-on play! They help develop design and building skills, problem solving and spatial awareness skills.
Two different designs have been included - one set of 12 cards with the shape named and shown + one set of 12 cards with only the shape names and the number of toothpicks and balls of playdough provided.
Just press print and grab some toothpicks and a tub of playdough and you're ready to start building.
After building each shape, children can explain their learning with our recording sheets. Three different variations are includes and ask children to draw the shape built and label the number of vertices and edges. 
Shapes included – cube, triangular prism, rectangular prism, square based pyramid, triangular based pyramid, cylinder, sphere, hexagonal based pyramid, cone, hemisphere, pentagonal prism and hexagonal prism.
These STEM challenge cards are perfect building engineering skills!
Here's what's included -
  • 12 x 3D Shape STEM Challenge Cards (shape named and shown) - 2 per A4 page
  • 12 x 3D Shape STEM Challenge Cards (only the shape names and the number of toothpicks and balls of playdough provided) - 2 per A4 page
  • 3D Shape STEM Challenge worksheets included (3 versions) - 1 per A4 page
  • 'What shape can you make?' signs for display in your centers/work stations - 2 designs - 1 per A4 page


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Ready to print PDF


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2D Shape STEM Challenge Cards | you clever monkey


Dot Dudes clip art and the term 'Dot Dudes' are licensed and used with permission from Sarah Pecorino of Sarah Pecorino Illustration.

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