Making Bruschetta from 3-D Shapes

Part of the "Fall into Healthy Shapes" Collection


Students will identify 2 and 3-dimensional shapes and taste vegetables from the garden.

Estimated Time


Setting Required



  • GPS.MCC.K.G.1. Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind.
  • GPS.MCC.K.G.2. Correctly name shapes regardless of orientations or overall size.


  • Loaf of bread  (1 per class, unsliced preferably, gluten-free – if necessary for allergies)
  • Cream cheese (1 tub per class, butter – if necessary for allergies)
  • Radishes (1 per every 4 students)
  • Cucumbers (1 per every 8 students)
  • Cutting board (1)
  • Knife (1)
  • Journals or 8.5×11 copy paper (1 per student)
  • Coloring supplies (enough for each student)


  1. Challenge students to describe the shape of the loaf of bread, cucumber, and radish. Encourage students to use terms they already know such as square, rectangle, circle and introduce vocabulary such as face (flat side of a three-dimensional object). Support students in distinguishing 2-dimensional from 3-dimensional shapes and naming the new shapes they learn (rectangular prism, cube, cylinder, sphere). Create a healthy snack for them as they explore each food item and its shape.

    Loaf of bread
    Rectangular Prism – 3D shape with six square or rectangular faces
    Cube – 3D shape with six square faces (like an ice cube)
    Snack Directions
    Cut each slice of bread into 4 squares (1 for each student). Spread cream cheese on top of each.
    Cucumber (cut the round ends off to help students visualize)
    Cylinder – 3D shape with two circular faces Snack Directions
    Slice the cucumbers (1 for each student) and place on top of bread and cream cheese.

    Radishes (cut the greens off to help students visualize)
    Sphere – round 3D shape with no flat surfaces (but a circular cross-section)
    Snack Directions
    Slice the radishes (1 for each student) and place on top of the cucumber. 
  2. Taste test the bruschetta with the class.
  3. Provide each student with a piece of paper and some coloring supplies and instruct students to draw their bruschetta recipe to take home and share with their friends and family. Their drawings should include the 2D shapes (of the appropriate color) that match the 3D shapes of the three main ingredients.