Paper Models for Download
NETS - Polyhedra & Others

Welcome to Math Salamanders Paper Models for Download, including nets for polyhedra and other models.

Here you will find a wide range of free printable nets for a range of 3d shapes for display or to support Math learning.

Shape Clipart

The Math Salamanders have a large bank of free printable shape clipart.

Each of the printable shape sheets is available either in color or black and white.

Using this shape clipart will help your child understand to recognize shapes and learn about the different properties that shapes have.

On the sheets with multiple shapes, we have shown the shapes in different sizes and orientations so that your child will recognize variations of the same shape, and start noticing the properties the same shapes all have.

The sheets can be used as part of a Math display, as flashcards, or as printable coloring sheets.

Paper Models for Download

Here you will find our range of Paper Models to Download.

The following printables contain nets of a range of polyhedra and other 3D objects. Each net sheet is available both with and without tabs to aid sticking together.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • know the properties of different 3d shapes;
  • recognise different 2d shapes inside the 3d shapes;
  • construct a 3d shape from a net;

Nets include:

All the free paper models for download in this section require careful cutting and sticking to assemble!

Paper Models for Download - Polyhedra

Here is our selection of printable Polyhedra nets.

Each net is available with or without tabs.

Top Tips for a Make a Successful Paper Model

Follow these top tips for creating the perfect 3d shape from your net.

  • Print your net onto card rather than paper.
  • If you want to decorate your net then do this first.
  • Cut out your net carefully and don't cut off the tabs.
  • Pre-fold all the edges and tabs to make assembly easier later on. Use a ruler for an accurate fold if you wish.
  • Put some glue onto each of the tabs carefully.
  • Assemble the net and stick the tabs neatly onto the edges to hold it together.

Printable Nets - Tetrahedron

Tetrahedrons are a special type of triangular based pyramid with equilateral triangles for all 4 faces.

Printable Nets - Cube

Printable Nets - Octahedron

Octahedrons are polyhedra with 8 faces. Each face is an equilateral triangle.
You can also make an octahedron by sticking two square-based pyramids together.

Printable Nets - Dodecahedron

Dodecahedrons are polyhedra with 12 faces. Each face is a pentagon.

Printable Nets - Icosahedron

Icosahedrons are polyhedra with 20 faces, each face is an equilateral triangle.

Printable Nets - Truncated 3D Shapes

These truncated nets are like pyramids that have had the ends chopped off.

The nets will make a complete truncated pyramid (with a lid), which could be used as a box or container and would make an ideal home-made gift when decorated.

Paper Models to Download - House Nets

These nets are of 3 different models of houses to choose from.

Each house is available in 2 different formats:
  • With the windows, doors and a roof already drawn and ready to print;
  • As a design-and-color-your-house sheet for kids to decorate and color in.

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More Printable Nets

Here you will find our range of Free Nets for Cuboids, Prisms and Pyramids.

The following printables contain nets of common 3D shapes that your child should know. Each net sheet is available both with and without tabs to aid sticking together.

Christmas Nets

We have created a range of Christmas nets which are great for Christmas craft activities.

The nets are available both in color and to use for color in nets.

Geometry Nets Worksheets

On this page you will find information and worksheets about nets.

The worksheets consist of identifying and matching the net that matches the correct 3d shape.

List of Geometric Shapes

Here you will find a List of different Geometric Shapes.

Included with each shape is a small picture and a description of the properties the shape has and how it relates to other shapes.

Included in this page are the following shapes:

  • triangles
  • quadrilaterals
  • regular polygons
  • irregular polygons
  • a range of 3d shapes

All the printable Geometry worksheets in this section support the Elementary Math Benchmarks.


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