There are tons of shapes to be found in nature, some of which can even be described in perfect mathematical terms, such as the Fibonacci number that describes the spirals found in snail shells, hurricanes, and our own hands. See how artist John Edmark is tapping into the underlying geometry called the Golden Property that determines the spatial arrangement of flower petals and pinecone scales.
It’s time to head outside and have a nature adventure! What patterns and shapes can you find as you explore? Can you check off all of the items in our Shapes in Nature Scavenger Hunt? What other shapes did you find? The examples in our scavenger hunt are starting points. If you get stuck, cut out an example of each shape and hold it up as you hunt. What was the easiest shape to find? The most difficult?