This process art activity is designed to introduce preschoolers and young learners to the concept of symmetry in a fun and creative way. By creating beautiful heart-shaped prints using paint and folded paper, children will get to explore the beautiful world of symmetrical patterns. Dive into this delightful symmetry activity and watch your child's creativity take flight!
We have done symmetry printing art for Halloween and Christmas. I love watching my 3yo develop her own understanding of symmetry through this process art. She was intrigued to observe how the paint on one side of the heart was printed on the other side when she folded the paper.
My 5yo was at another level of the symmetry game. He was coming up with ways to create faces on the hearts through symmetry printing.
We quickly ran out of hearts because the children had so much fun with this one. That's a really good problem.
When is a good time to introduce symmetry to kids?
Children can begin to learn about symmetry at a relatively young age. As early as preschool or kindergarten, they can start developing an understanding of symmetry through hands-on activities and visual exploration. While their grasp of symmetry may start as a basic recognition of mirror images, such as identical halves or patterns, their understanding can deepen as they progress through elementary school.
During the early years, children can engage in simple symmetry activities like folding paper and creating symmetrical drawings or designs. As they advance, they can explore more complex concepts of rotational symmetry and asymmetry. By providing age-appropriate activities and guidance, parents and educators can nurture children's understanding of symmetry and encourage their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Daily Opportunities for Your Child to Explore Symmetry
The easiest way to explore symmetry with your young toddlers is by pointing out symmetrical patterns in every day life. We see symmetry everywhere in nature, art, buildings and so on and they are all wonderful opportunities to introduce symmetry to children, especially the toddlers.
When we see a butterfly in the garden, I share with my children about how the patterns on the left wing is the same as the right wing. We put objects in front of the mirror to observe their reflections.
Remember, every child learns at their own pace, so it's important to tailor the learning experience to their developmental stage and abilities. By incorporating symmetry activities into their play and learning, children can develop a lifelong appreciation for balance, aesthetics, and mathematical principles.
To set up this Symmetry Hearts Printing activity
I cut out several red and pink hearts. Fold each heart in half to create the middle fold line. Now take out the paint (we use white, gold and silver). Invite your children to create patterns on one half of the heart, fold the hearts and unfold to see their beautiful symmetry creations!
Related: Looking for more heart shape activities? Try this Rainbow Hearts Loose Parts Line-Up.
Only one half of the heart has paint on it, I wonder what will happen when we fold the paper? Then sit back and watch your children work their creative magic!
Related: Did your child observe the colours mixing together? Then you'll want to explore primary and secondary colours further with this handprint colour mixing activity!
Give these hearts out as Valentine's Day cards, or punch a hole in them and string them up to make a garland!
Please share your beautiful hearts with me!
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