Fun Flips, Slides, and Turns!

Flips, Slides, and Turns Activity

Are you looking for a hands-on activity for teaching flips, slides, and turns? This is it! All you'll need is a pair of scissors and construction paper. Read on to find out more.

Identifying slides, flips, and turns (or translations, reflections, and rotations, as they are called in older grades) is a geometry concept that lends itself to a hands-on activity because students can learn about the movement by doing it themselves.

To do this activity, provide your students with construction paper and scissors. Give the students three different shapes to trace. (You can make polygon shapes ahead of time out of thick paper, such as card stock.) The students will cut out two copies of each shape with a pair of scissors.

Once your students have cut out their shapes, they can arrange the pairs of polygons to demonstrate a slide, a flip, and a turn. If you choose, the students can adhere each shape movement to a piece of paper and label them "flip," "slide," and "turn."

It's such a simple math activity, but it's awesome for students who are visual learners.

If you do this activity with your class, let us know how it goes! And while you're at it, check out the fun, interactive geometry lessons available on You'll find plenty of practice for flat shapes, solid shapes, polygons, quadrilaterals, and more!


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