## Symmetry is All Around us

It’s amazing how much in our world is symmetrical. Once you start looking, you find symmetry (both occurring naturally*and*man-made) everywhere!

Walking around saying “see” and “look at this” didn’t really
seem like the best way to explain symmetry so I turned to Loreen Leedy for
help. Her book

*Seeing Symmetry*is wildly fun.
The graphics are bold and the explanation ever so helpful. It has
TONS of examples of symmetry (whales, beetles, airplanes, the human body,
certain letters of the alphabet, etc.).

The book explained vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry
and even demonstrated rotational symmetry (think bicycle wheel or helicopter
blade).

After reading, I handed my son his camera (our half broken
old one) and told him to find at least a dozen symmetrical things and take
pictures of them. He didn’t even have to leave his seat at the kitchen table to
find the first one – the sunglasses perched on my head!

Soon, he was off snapping pictures everywhere in the house
(it was threatening rain outside so our symmetry hunt was confined to indoors).

He was ecstatic to find an example of rotational symmetry in his bedroom: his
ceiling fan!

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