# Activities to Teach Kids About Body Measurements, Symmetry & Proportion

Need help determining a man's dress shirt size? Measure around his thumb! | Source

## How measuring one body part can tell you the measurement of another

If you are a “people watcher” — or even if you are not— you have likely noticed that the human body is symmetrical. The term “symmetrical” means that if you divided the body in half lengthwise, the right side would essentially look the same as the left side. For example, people have a left eye, ear, nose and arm and also have a right eye, ear, nose and arm. Nevertheless, the human body is also rather proportional as well, which means there is a relationship in size between the different parts of your body.

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So, if you know your father’s shoe size, and the distance around his thumb you can get a fairly accurate measurement for his new shirt. Suppose, the distance around your father’s thumb twice was about 8 inches, his neck circumference (about twice the circumference of his wrist) would be about 16 inches. Measure the length of your father’s shoe and multiply that number by two to determine the approximate arm length.

The human body, its everyday functions are amazing and its overall proportion and symmetry are pretty awesome too.

For more information on the topic of Body Math, visit the CYBERCHASE website for activities and tips on body proportions and view this CYBERCHASE video.

Visit Math Websites I Love for hints and helps for kids struggling with math, or for parents/teachers wanting to help kids with math.