We set up a provocation that invited the children to make insects using loose parts.
We counted body parts and legs to ensure we had the right amount. Some children added other parts to their insect like a stinger, antennas or wings.
While creating their insects we asked if anyone had noticed that insects where the same on both sides. Most hadn’t noticed but this lead into a discussion about symmetry.
We read a few books about symmetry and talked about symmetry in nature. Everyone was surprised to see how many things were symmetrical, even their own body!
We used a mirror to help the children better understand by creating a clear visual.