Inside: Gear up for the Xmas season with this fun Symmetry Christmas Tree Printing activity for your kids!
We had so much fun creating symmetry spider printings for Halloween, so how could we not do a Christmas symmetry printing too? Say hi to this fun art and math activity!
Learning Symmetry through Art
This Christmas tree printing activity is a great hands on way to introduce young children to the abstract idea of symmetry.
As they fold and unfold the paper, they get to see how the patterns are repeated on both sides of the paper. Use this activity to highlight the mathematical terms 'mirror line' and 'symmetrical'.
Extending Your Child's Learning
Place a mirror on the fold line and have the kid look at the Christmas tree through the mirror. The mirror image will be the same as the patterns they have created.
Related: If your child is familiar with the letters of the alphabet, you can use the same mirror technique in this Letter Symmetry with Duplo.
A Symmetry Printing Tip
Do the painting and symmetry printing in small steps.
The symmetry printing is most effective when the paint is still wet. So paint the tree first and print the tree, then the star and the Christmas tree stand. Lastly the lights on the Christmas tree.
If your child is taking a long time to paint on each color, then print every color while the paint is still wet.
Of course, I always remind my friends to use big trays, to make clean up easy for yourself!
More Activities to Teach Symmetry
I really hope you have fun with your kids doing this symmetry activity. If you're looking for more, check these out:
- We have some fun ideas to learn symmetry using Duplo!
- Try this Symmetry Hearts Printing
- Chalk Academy has great ideas to teach symmetry in Chinese characters.
- A Little Pinch of Perfect's Symmetry Circles is another fun way to explore symmetry.
More Christmas Theme Activities
Get into a jolly mood this season with our Christmas themed learning activities!
Older preschoolers will be looking forward to Christmas in great anticipation with this amazing Down the Chimney Countdown, a low-prep Snowman Paper Plate Countdown or try one of these 10+ DIY Christmas Countdown Activities for Kids. They can also help create decorations such as these colourful Dot Sticker Christmas Lights.
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