Don't you just love it when a work can engage an older child and a younger child at the same time? Many Montessori materials lend themselves to work at different levels, and the Geometric Solids are a good example of that.
Imagine the "footprint" or cross section each solid makes and you can match 3-D solids to 2-D shapes. This was interesting and even a little tricky--enough so to be engaging for the older sister.
But wait--there's more!
THEN we noticed that our play food set of wooden bread, carrots, apples, etc. roughly corresponded to the shapes we were working with!
|The solids can have different "footprints" depending upon which face they are "standing on." We only had a limited number of wooden shapes, but we could have easily cut some new shapes out of paper.|
|We thought the avocado and pear were, roughly speaking, ovoids.|
|By dinnertime the shadows were REALLY long!|