Nature’s symmetry

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By Karen Hart

Introduce children to the concept of symmetry by investigating symmetry in the world around them.

Children have a natural, inbuilt sense of symmetry which they use day to day, for example, to solve puzzles or draw faces. The following activities are good ways to develop these skills further by building on observational and fine motor skills, which makes them important, not just for building confidence in craft activities, but for all areas of learning, particularly early maths and reading skills.

Activities

  1. Snowflakes
  2. Symmetry all around
  3. Symmetry in fruit
  4. Honeycombs
  5. Cardboard tube bugs and beasts


1. Snowflakes

Nature symmetry 1

Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of these snowflakes, they look great, especially when the light catches the sparkly bits.

You will need:
  • Cotton buds
  • Silver glitter
  • Dark paper card
  • Scissors
  • Sparkly pipecleaners or hanging thread
  • Double-sided tape
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