Hexagon Hunt

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This activity gets learners looking at 6-sided shapes in nature, including the cells of a beehive, as well as other shapes. Learners use the activity's shape chart to keep track of all the shapes they can find in the natural world in a week. The activity also encourages learners to catch snowflakes on paper and examine them with a magnifying glass to see their hexagonal crystals. Younger learners can look for simple shape samples, while older learners can connect their shape hunt to more advanced lessons in geometric shapes or crystal formation, for example.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pencil or crayon
  • Magnifying glass
  • Black paper
  • Printout of shape data chart


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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