Children learn best through hands on experiences...
especially when they are edible and delicious!
We have been discussing the concept of symmetry while learning about different insects. We have read various stories, and made many illustrations to help understand this concept but, I wanted to bring in a special treat to teach this concept that I knew would really get the children's attention.
So...I decided to bake a cake! Now, I know this is not the healthiest thing in the world but it's not something we do often and sometimes life calls for a celebration and a little something sweet! : )
I made a round cake and then cut it in half and turned them back to back with the flat sides out to make a butterfly!
I then invited the children to take turns putting on two candies at a time, one on the left side and one on the right while we discussed how they had to mirror each other to be perfectly symmetrical.
We passed the cake around the table and every child in the class had a chance to use their new found symmetry skills to help decorate the cake.
They did a great job and of course they each got a slice to eat once the fun, oh wait, hard work was over!!! Such a sweet way to teach a concept...literally! Yum!