Monday, August 11, 2014

Exploring Symmetry with Wooden Shapes

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Our homemade mirror box is such a fun thing to play and explore with. The boys love to watch how materials transform in the box. 

The mirror box is also a great way to explore simple math concepts like symmetry, shapes, and counting. 

I recently purchased some colored wooden shapes at the dollar store (Dollarama, for those who want to know). They are so vibrant that I just had to pair them with the mirror box and let the boys explore with this simple math activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

Exploring symmetry using wooden shapes in a mirror box from And Next Comes L

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Simple Toddler & Preschool Math Activity for Exploring Symmetry

The colored wooden shapes take on a life of their own in the mirror box (get the tutorial for it here). J loved to place one shape in the box and then count how many would appear in all the mirrors. Then he would repeat it over and over.

Exploring symmetry using wooden shapes in a mirror box from And Next Comes L

Toddler & preschool math: wooden shapes in a mirror box from And Next Comes L

K didn't participate too much in the constructing part. He preferred to observe and hand J the occasional shape. You can see his arms as he leans over J. And I guess K also enjoyed emptying the contents of the mirror box each time.

Exploring symmetry using wooden shapes in a mirror box from And Next Comes L

Don't the wooden shapes look so fun in the mirror box?

Toddler & preschool math: wooden shapes in a mirror box from And Next Comes L

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