Math Outdoors: The Study of Symmetry
Math is everywhere! The word symmetry is a huge vocabulary word for young children. Children’s Gardens and Outdoor Classrooms offer an abundance of opportunities for investigating, learning and playing with symmetrical patterns. Let’s play!
Symmetry is defined as the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.
3 Easy Steps to Introduce Symmetry to Young Children
Step One: Introduce the word Symmetrical. Brainstorm what is symmetrical? Invite children to look at each other’s faces. Are they symmetrical? Why?
Step Two: Take a walk outdoors and invite children to investigate symmetry. Ask questions: What is symmetrical? Are flowers symmetrical? Why?
Step Three: On your walk invite children to collect natures loose parts. Stones, sticks, leaves, etc. Find a place for children to play with their loose parts and create their own symmetrical pictures. Tips: Choose a centerpiece and work from there.
Now I want to hear from you? How did you introduce symmetry to your children? Write a comment below.
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