I’ve done this activity every year with my students, and every year they love it. In our geometry unit, the students learn about faces, edges, and vertices of various polyhedrons. What better way to learn than to create some ourselves!
I found this little website a few years ago, where I print out the nets of the shapes. It actually worked perfectly this year because I have 15 students in math with me and there were 15 shapes! It recommends to print this on thick paper, but regular paper worked just fine for us.
The students colored their polyhedron, cut it out, and taped the tabs together. Some had a more challenging time than others. The docecahedron and isocahedron may need multiple little hands to hold and tape. Once taped together, I put students into groups of three or four and they worked together to count the faces, edges, and vertices of each others’ shapes. They recorded their answers on notecards, taped the notecard and polyhedron to a string, and we hung them in our room.
Please excuse the pictures with the ugly blinds in the background. I needed to block the sunlight so you could actually see them!