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Shapes in nature

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Shapes in Nature
3. Summary
4. FAQs
5. External References

17 December 2020

Reading 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 different shapes in nature. Circles in nature would be the most commonly seen shapes in nature. 

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The sun, the moon, and all other planets are very distinctly classified in 2D circles or 3D shapes as natural shapes. But they are not the only natural shapes that are so clearly visible. 

Let's take a moment and connect back to Math & Geometry in real life to observe the wonderful shapes in nature, and wake our inner child!


Shapes in Nature

Hexagon shapes in real life, triangles in nature, pentagon shapes in nature..there are just so many different shapes in nature..it may surprise you when we start pointing them out. 

All the natural 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 nature and what we have observed around us:

Triangle shapes in nature 

When we drew a landscape image, we always drew mountains as huge triangles, and for a reason! The majestic mountains, leaves, trees, etc all come in triangular shapes.


 Triangle shape in nature image 1   Triangle shapes in nature  image2

 Another inetresting observation is in the way birds fly large distances. Have you eevr observed the triangles in nature?

Image of birds 1   Image of grass 1

Triangles, the three-sided figures with straight sides are more often than not seen in food items. The shape of samosa, a slice of pizza, a sandwich cut diagonally. 

Squares in nature

Four equal straight sides with four right angles are common to observe after round/ circular shape but not very perfectly since finding perfect right angles in natural shapes is tough. 

Image of rock 1  Image of cubes in water 1

Examples of squares in nature include square rocks, ores, crystals, etc. 

Watermelon image 1

Squares in nature can also be observed in a new kind of invention seen mostly in Japan, where they develop fruits and vegetables in cubical shapes! Would you have a square watermelon?

Circles in nature

Like we have already mentioned, circles in nature are seen every planet of the solar system. 

Moon picture


The most versatile geometric shape, the circle in nature can be observed in looking at the dandelions, fruits, and even bubbles. 

Oranges image  Flower image 1


Pentagon shapes in nature

One of the most common natural shapes in flowers, pentagon is known to be an aesthetically pleasing figure.

Pentagon shapes in nature image 1   Pentagon shapes in nature image 2

Another beautiful example is a snowflake. Though it is definitely hard to notice the shape of that!

snowflake image


Next time you stumble upon some okra or lady’s fingers notice its cross section which in fact is also a kind of pentagon shapes in nature. 

Some very different shapes in nature and geometric shapes in real life have surprised us.

Even though we may know of hexagon shapes in real life, triangles in nature, pentagon shapes in nature, different shapes in nature, geometric shapes in real life, pentagon shapes in real life..all of them surround us with their beauty. 


Summary

As much as we may hate and avoid math/ geometry, it is one of the most practical and widely used forms of Math. Ideally, Geometric shapes incorporate both 2D and 3D shapes.

Speaking more specifically, the shapes that are only in two dimensions (like a square, circle, triangle) are called polygons, and adding a third dimension makes them polygons.

From 2D to 3D, the square transforms into a cube, circle to a sphere, and a triangle to a pyramid. 

These shapes can be easily noticed in nature and shapes in nature can act as a very good guide to your child learning them. 

Be able to see the clarity of the concept in your child’s mind! What are you waiting for, hurry up and identify the different shapes in nature!


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of triangles in nature?

When we drew a landscape image, we always drew mountains as huge triangles, and for a reason! The majestic mountains, leaves, trees, etc all come in triangular shapes.

Another inetresting observation is in the way birds fly large distances. Have you eevr observed the triangles in nature?

Triangles, the three-sided figures with straight sides are more often than not seen in food items. The shape of samosa, a slice of pizza, a sandwich cut diagonally. 

What are some examples of Squares in nature?

Four equal straight sides with four right angles are common to observe after round/ circular shape but not very perfectly since finding perfect right angles in natural shapes is tough. 

Examples of squares in nature include square rocks, ores, crystals, etc. 

Squares in nature can also be observed in a new kind of invention seen mostly in Japan, where they develop fruits and vegetables in cubical shapes! Would you have a square watermelon?


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