I was teaching volume of prisms to my Year 7 students the other day, and they were amazed at my ability to draw three-dimensional shapes. They were more impressed by my drawings on my PC tablet than on the content!

Earlier this year when teaching my Year 10 Extension class topics on Measurement, they asked, half-jokingly, whether maths teachers had to attend a special class at university to learn to draw prisms and pyramids.

It occurred to me that perhaps we don’t spend enough time teaching kids to draw in three dimensions, and that’s such a pity because it’s so much fun! It might just be my most favourite thing to teach.

Here’s some great ways to get started on these drawings at home.

Interactive Tool

This is a fantastic tool to play around with isometric, 3D drawings, at home. There’s a few easy shapes to work with and then you can draw your own.

Let’s say we want to draw this shape:

We start with drawing the left view as follows:

We then go back, towards the right from each corner.

We then connect all the lines left “hanging” to complete the shape. Easy!

Isometric Grid Paper and 3D Drawings

You want to get your kids drawing shapes using paper and pencils – with all this technology we don’t want to forget the benefit of learning through tactile means.

Here’s a page of printable isometric graph paper: you can use the traditional lined paper or the dotted paper (which I prefer and used above).

Here’s some shapes I found on this blog to get some practice in:

Have your kids write their names in 3D, draw an animal in 3D or create complex tower constructions. They’re only limited by their imagination!

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