Challenge your kids with a symmetry activity using loose parts from around the house. Practice basic math skills while creating a fun little piece of art!
My kids love creating symmetrical drawings. So I knew they would love this challenge that incorporated some pattern play.
Creating on a large scale is so much more interactive too!
Learning about symmetry is a great way for children to build pattern recognition and use observation skills.
Ultimately building the thinking and spatial parts of the brain.
For this activity, I gathered a variety of loose parts from our craft supply cupboard. I collected items that had different colors, sizes and textures.
I arranged them in a divided tray that made it easier to separate and organize each item.
Setting up your Loose Parts Symmetry Activity
I love no prep activities where I already have all the supplies that I can set up quickly and easily!
For this symmetry activity you will need:
- Loose parts items from around the house (make sure there is at least 2 of everything you gather)
- A long sheet or roll of paper
- Markers or pens
To set this symmetry activity up, I rolled out a long sheet of paper from our giant paper roll. And secured it to our table using tape.
I drew a single black line down the middle of paper.
Then I created different patterns, using the loose parts I had gathered, down one side of the line.
TIP: For younger kids use larger items so there is less to duplicate and focus mostly on straight lines.
Challenge your child to create symmetry
Once I completed the symmetry activity set up, I invited my seven year old to join me.
I invited him to complete the other side, instructing him to mirror/match my side.
As my children get older, I am never sure what activities will peak their interest.
However, he was definitely up for this symmetry activity challenge!
Actually, he navigated it quite quickly!
He spent more time pausing and thinking in areas where he had to place the loose parts correctly in a pattern.
Also, he spent more time placing the gems and buttons correctly spatially.
He loved it so much that once he had finished the activity, he asked me if he could create a symmetry challenge for ME this time.
Open ended activities are my favorite!
Especially when we can recreate the activity in new ways over and over using the same materials.
I love that he was able to create some large scale art. And that it reinforced symmetry, spatial awareness and pattern matching.
Story Stones is such a fun idea as another open ended activity for kids too!
What kind of activities have you created that reinforced symmetry and pattern play?
I think next time we will try this fun, sensory filled hand print symmetry art!
Leave us a comment to share some of your ideas!