Mathematics

Shapes in Real Life

27th Oct '209 views6 mins read

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Shapes in Real Life
3. Summary
4. FAQs

27 October 2020                

Read time: 5 minutes

Introduction

We are surrounded by shapes in real life. From the droplets of rain to the roundness of oranges, there are all possible types of shapes in nature. There are so many more shapes in real life that we miss out on observing in the hustle-bustle of our daily lives.


Shapes in Real Life

These geometric shapes in real life are so wonderful to see, and sometimes the main recognition of an object.

geometric shapes in real life are so wonderful
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All the shapes, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, are incredibly important in the context of learning math. The basis of geometry is formed by these shapes and when children learn with the help of examples, they remember it forever. Let’s take a look at some shapes in real life and what we have observed around us:

Hexagon in real life

 Hexagon in real life

Hexagons are typically six straight sides of equal length. You may see snowflakes in that pattern. Beehives, ice crystals are other common occurrences of hexagon in real life.

 Hexagons are typically six straight sides

Rhombus in real life

Rhombus in real life

A parallelogram with equal length sides is a rhombus. Rhombus in real life is not a commonly occurring shape in nature, this one is seen in some crystals and designer kites. But observe keenly, you will be able to spot some more! Rhombus in real life seems pricey already!

A parallelogram with equal length sides is a rhombus

Kite shapes in real life

Kite shapes in real life

As the name suggests, Kite shapes in real life are the shapes looking like a kite. Where else do you see this shape popping up? We can only think of Kaju Katli’s right now, what’s coming to your mind?

Kite shape  Kaju Katli’s

Parallelogram in real life

Parallelogram in real life

A parallelogram is a four-sided figure with two pairs of parallel sides. Pencil erasers, clutch bags are parallelogram in real life.

Even some of the strangest architectural buildings are shaped like a parallelogram. How weird is living in them?

shaped like a parallelogram

Squares in real life

Squares in real life

Four equal straight sides with four right angles are the most common to observe after round/ circular shape! Square rubber stamps, tiles on the floor are all squares that you see around as examples of squares in real life.

Let us not forget coasters, the chessboard, the keys of the laptop you are working on!

chessboard and square shape tiles

Pentagon in real life

Pentagon in real life

An unconventional one and yet it can be seen in a few places in real life. It has been used in unique architectural creations to produce aesthetically pleasing figures.

The shape of the pentagon in real life can also be seen on a football!

pentagon shapes seen on a football

Triangles in real life

Triangles in real life

The question is where can you not see triangles in real life? The three sided figure has various examples in our day to day life. From the stationary we use to the yummy nachos and pizzas we eat, there are plenty examples of triangles in real life..

It was even used in the olden times as compasses and sundials.

Triangles in real life

Pyramid in real life

Pyramid in real life

Pyramids are a three-dimensional figure with one flat side and edges emerging to come together at a point. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the roof of a house are pyramid in real life that you may have noticed already!

If you notice some pyramids will also have intersection with triangles in real life.

pyramids will also have intersection with triangles

Cone shapes in real life

Cone shapes in real life

The ice cream cone filled up with spherical scoops of gooey fun is our super favorite shape. After all, it comes as our favorite dessert too!

And what about party hats sitting atop our heads perfectly while everyone waits for the birthday cake to arrive?

Even the bright orange traffic cones hard a sight hard to miss when noticing cone shapes in real life.

Traffic cone and Icecream cone

Trapezoid in real life

Trapezoid in real life

All the movie goes have held a trapezoid in real life at some point. A four-sided figure with just one pair of parallel sides is what a popcorn box is made of.

We are never forgetting a trapezoid again after this example!

And no one can resist looking at the shiny gold bar which is most definitely a trapezoid in real life.

Pop corn and shiny gold bar which is mostly trapezoid shape


Summary

Some very different shapes in nature and geometric shapes in real life have surprised us. We absolutely love to see 3d shapes in real life and how each of them is so unique in its way. Even though we may know of hexagon in real life,triangles in real life, rhombus in real life, squares in real life, parallelogram in real life, and other geometric shapes in real life, all of them surround us with their beauty.

Learning geometry in a fun practical manner helps recall and recollect faster. Every time you go to the movie theatre now, you would be reminded of the shape of a popcorn holder, and you may even see yourself boasting about this little piece of trivia. Imagine if this learning can be implemented for your child just when they start learning. The outcome of this would be absolutely magical!

Written by Sonia Motwani


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Rhombus shapes in real life?

A parallelogram with equal length sides is a rhombus. Rhombus in real life is not a commonly occurring shape in nature, this one is seen in some crystals and designer kites. But observe keenly, you will be able to spot some more! Rhombus in real life seems pricey already!

Hexagon shapes in real life?

 Hexagons are typically six straight sides of equal length. You may see snowflakes in that pattern. Beehives, ice crystals are other common occurrences of hexagon in real life.


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