Symmetry is an important concept in both math and art. In addition, symmetry is commonly found in nature. For example, faces, bodies, and flowers are all generally symmetrical.
Children are born with an innate sense of symmetry. Teaching symmetry builds upon their inborn understandings, allowing them to better learn concepts.
When teaching symmetry, we should focus not just on geometric forms (although these are important) but also on organic shapes found in our environment, including animals, plants, and everyday objects.
I’m excited to announce the release of my Basic Symmetry Activities Pack filled with hands-on activities to help children learn about symmetry.
Note: For more hands-on math activities and printables, see my Math Activities for Kids page.
The most basic form of symmetry that is taught to children is known as reflection symmetry. Reflection symmetry is the quality of being made up of identical, facing parts. A symmetrical object, therefore, can be divided into identical parts that are mirror images of each other.
My Basic Symmetry Activities Pack is perfect for children in preschool through grade 1 who are learning about symmetry.
The activities in this pack include:
Cut and Fold Along the Line(s) of Symmetry
Draw the Line(s) of Symmetry
Is the Figure Symmetrical?
Is the Figure Divided on a Line of Symmetry?
How Many Lines of Symmetry Does the Figure Have?
Fill in the Missing Half of the Figure
Altogether, the Basic Symmetry Activity Pack includes more than 45 hands-on symmetry activities that help children to better understand reflection symmetry. The activities come with answer keys so adults can be sure they are teaching the concepts correctly.
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