Is your child a master of symmetry yet?
If your child has mastered the basics of symmetry, he/she is in for a new symmetry challenge! In this activity, we are exploring symmetry in letters. Combining letters and the use of a mirror, this sets the challenge bar pretty high, but children will love this fun challenge!
What age is this activity for?
Definitely for the older preschoolers and kindergartners who know their letters and have a good understanding of symmetry.
Related: Check out this post to read more about introducing symmetry to the toddlers and young preschoolers.
1 Minute Set Up
After our highly successful shape symmetry activity last month, my 5yo son immediately jumped right next to me when he saw me reaching for the Duplo board. The 1 minute set up simply involves taking out a mirror, a Duplo base board, square Duplo blocks and a set of letter cards and we are ready to begin!
The invitation to play
First, pick a letter card and ask your child to make a guess if a letter shows symmetry. As simple as this guessing exercise may seem, predicting and logical reasoning are such important critical thinking skills.
Then, hand your child the mirror to check his/her answer. Checking the symmetry for each letter with a mirror was as fun as building the letter for my son. He would experiment with putting the mirror at various positions and be amazed with the different symbols that appeared with the mirror image.
If the guess is right, challenge your child to build one half of the letter on the Duplo board such that the letter will appear with the mirror image. If the letter is not symmetrical, choose another letter.
Hands on activities are the best way for children to learn. Here are more fun ideas to explore symmetry:
Check out more fun ideas to learn with Duplo on our Duplo/Lego Pinterest Board.
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