When we first moved into our house we did a couple of fun and large Zometool projects because we didn’t have any furniture 🙂
This week I saw a fun tweet from Eli Lubroff that reminded me of one of those projects:
Here’s a part of that old project 🙂
Today we revisited that old snowman and had the boys talk about each of the Archimedean solids in the shape. This is a fun project – not just because the shapes themselves are cool – but you get a nice opportunity to talk about counting and symmetry. You’ll see in the videos that my older son is a bit more comfortable with the idea, but my younger son seems to catch on by the 3rd video.
Here’s a link to all of the Archimedean solids on Wikipedia:
The Archimedean Solid page on Wikipedia
And here’s our project:
First the bottom of the snowman – the Truncated Icosidodecahedron
Next was the Rhombicosidodecahedron
Next was the Icosidodecahedron
Finally the Archimedean Solid Snowman 🙂 Two years later and he still fits!
Definitely one of my all time favorites and a really fun way to discuss counting and symmetry!