You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations!
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I’m Emma and I’m an artist and teacher. I help children to produce amazing pieces of art and unique crafts using lots of different and interesting things!
Today, we will be looking at ’symmetry’ where we’ll be making fruity snacks, creating cool monsters and beautiful butterfly prints, using our building blocks to help us understand symmetry and making yummy pizza for lunch!
Symmetry means a mirror image. A symmetrical shape can be split in two down the line of symmetry. There is lots of symmetry in nature. Lets see what happens when we cut some fruit in half. Can you see each side is the same?
Children explore fruits and vegetables and find symmetry in the world around them.
Exploring Symmetry with Blocks
Let’s practice our understanding of symmetry using our blocks.
Using a piece of paper with a line drawn down the middle, create a symmetrical pattern with your child. Children use coloured blocks or toys that are the same to create their own symmetrical patterns. If you have a small mirror you can show your child how the pattern is the mirror image on the other side.
Monster and Butterfly Printing
We’re going to do some squishy painting.
First we will be creating a colourful monster and then a beautiful butterfly.
Explore symmetry creatively using a folded piece of paper and paint to print on the opposite side. This is a great way to explain symmetry to young children. They can create patterns, butterflies or anything they want using this fun idea.
Mmmm is it time for tea? Why not join me and help to make your own yummy pizza. You can use all your favourite ingredients and practice your symmetry too.
This activity is a tasty way to explore new foods with your child and talk about symmetry too. Ask your child to place the different foods of their choice on one side of the pizza. Can they match the foods symmetrically on the other side? This activity helps children explore the language of position, opposite, next to, above, below and by the side.
If you've finished these and still have time for fun...
Why not try a variety of new fruit and veg. Cut them in half and have a look to see if they are symmetrical? Can you describe how they look? How they smell and how they taste?
Why not write down what you tried and colour in the smiley face to show whether you liked it or not.