How to Teach Kids About Spheres and Other Shapes
Has your kid come running to you wondering how a sphere is different from a circle? Well, we have got the answer for you. There are so many fun and easy ways in which you can make your child understand the difference between a sphere and a circle! It does not have to be complicated, instead, you can make it fun. Here are a few of our favorite techniques to explain the difference between a sphere and a circle to kids!
What is a Sphere?
A sphere is a 3-D closed shape. Its center is in the middle, every point on the surface of a sphere is equidistant from this central point (the center), and all the points on its surface lie within it (i.e., they do not project beyond its boundary). This shape is commonly and popularly called a ball.
What is a Circle?
A circle is a 2-D closed shape; its center point is at the midpoint and all points on a circle are equidistant from this central point (the center).
5 Ways to Teach Kids About Shapes!
Cut an Apple in half!
See for yourself that cutting through the center point of an apple results in two halves of a circle. A very simple illustration that helps kids to visualize the central point and how, when cut through, it results in perfect circles. This teaches kids that a circle is just a part of a sphere, but not the whole sphere itself!
Use a Glass!
Cut an orange or any other round fruit with a glass at its center and you will notice that there is no distortion in the shape because as the glass cuts through the round fruit, it also pushes out all the pulp uniformly, making it a perfect circle out of the sphere!
Use a Pitcher!
Cut an apple in half and drop it into a pitcher below with water and you will notice that the two halves of the apple fall down to bottom but they do not distort across their shape . Same is true for any sphere like fruits or vegetables, they will form perfect circles when cut appropriately.
Use a Globe!
The earth is round and we can use it too to understand the shape of a sphere. Now stand at one point and you will have no land in sight. Now move towards the equator slowly and you will notice how the amount of blue sky is getting reduced while the amount of land increases. This clearly proves that a sphere has no ends or edges.
Watch the Spheres in Motion!
Spheres are objects that move in a balanced and symmetrical way, skipping over sharp edges or corners easily. Just let the basketballs bounce around on their own; they will always be round . Also, while throwing a ball forward you can’t aim it to hit a corner or a wall. This is an interesting activity for the kids.
Benefits of Teaching Kids about Shapes Early On in Life!
Motivates your child in doing their homework
These fun activities will help your kids to not dread doing their homework.
Better understanding in classes
If your kid is learning a particular subject, teaching them about shapes will help them to learn other subjects as well.
Parent can have a better understanding of children’s idea in the classroom
They’ll be able to identify where their kids are having difficulty. This way they know what areas exactly need more focus and attention.
Kids get better grades
Through teaching children about shapes, they’ll be able to do their school work effectively and get better grades.
Your kid will become more creative as he or she learns how to recognize different shapes in objects and the environment around them. This way they’ll have a good imagination.
Encourages kids to study
When he or she sees how shapes affect objects around them, they’ll start to wonder how different shapes affect different things in the real world, like water flow when it’s put inside a circle and a sphere for example. They’ll find out about angles as well once they learn about squares and triangles. Should be easier to understand why geometry is needed.
Develops problem-solving skills
This is a no-brainer really, because when solving a problem, you have to consider the shape of something and decide what to do with it based on that. For example, if you put a square tile in place instead of an octagon one on your floor. You’ll have to consider the perimeter and calculate how much space is covered depending on that shape.
Develops aesthetic sense
There are some parts of geometry that will help you with this, like shapes and the way they fit together, colors used on buildings for example, pattern making in fabric and so on. If your child is able to understand which shapes can be used for a certain type of ornamentation (circles work well with circles and so on) and can combine these shapes to create a new one that has more aesthetic appeal, I’d say they are developing their sense of aesthetics.
The sphere is a geometrical figure, the surface of which has both length and breadth. While it may look like a circle at first glance, there are some notable differences between these two shapes. For example, while you can easily walk around a circle without ever crossing over its edge or perimeter, that isn’t possible with a sphere because they have no edges to cross over! Spheres also cannot touch each other in any way; circles do not have this restriction since their shape does not include an area on the inside where other circles could potentially overlap.
Parents play a key role in teaching children about spheres by demonstrating how it differs from circles early on so kids will be able to recognize them as separate entities when encountering either one!