Straws and pipe cleaners are terrific materials for building models of pyramids and cubes. Start out building a triangle or square, then make it three dimensional and turn them into pyramids or cubes by adding more straws. Try making two triangles into a square! This activity is a great introduction into geometry and measurement. The activity does not go into detail about how to use the pipe-cleaners with the straws, but taking non-bendy regular drinking straws and filling them with pipe cleaners so that a little sticks out on either end, works best. The straw keeps the structure sturdy, and the pipe cleaner ends are used to twist tie other pipe cleaner/straw combos together.


  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


NSDL,dimensional,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-056,measurement,Mathematics,triangles,Early Elementary,Upper Elementary,Solid Geometry,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110926125529787T,squares,Size and Scale,model building,Informal Education,pyramids,Geometry,planes,Plane Geometry,Elementary School,Units of Measurement,cubes,geometry,lines,Measurement,Pre-Kindergarten,Polygons



Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


Update Standards?

CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three-dimensional ("solid").

CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
Curriki Rating
'NR' - This resource has not been rated
'NR' - This resource has not been rated

This resource has not yet been reviewed.

Not Rated Yet.

Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467