Craft Project: Symmetry
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Teach your students about the art of balance and symmetry with a colorful project they can display in the classroom or at home.
Generate examples of symmetry in the world around them.
Create their own symmetrical patterns.
Butterflies, symmetry, patterns, craft, project
Bright Red (65141)
Deep Turquoise (65140)
Glacier Blue (65169)
Royal Blue (65023)
Pencils or markers
Ask students what they know about symmetry. Have them define the term and ask them to generate examples of symmetry in nature and in the classroom. Then:
Trace butterfly pattern onto stiff felt. Cut out butterfly.
Fold butterfly in half. Cut two small horizontal slits in the fold. Open butterfly flat.
Create swirly designs on one butterfly wing with 3D Fashion Paint.
To create a perfectly symmetrical design on wings, fold other butterfly wing onto the painted wing and press. Unfold and let dry.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 to create four more butterflies in other colors. Let dry completely before the next step.
Thread yarn through the slits in the butterflies.
Add beads and tie a loop in the top of the yarn to hang. Tie beads to the bottom of the yarn to complete.
Ask students to discuss and display the symmetrical patterns on their projects.
Lesson Plan Source
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-REP.PK-12.3 Use Representations to Model and Interpret Physical, Social, and Mathematical Phenomena
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