# Craft Project: Symmetry

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Subjects

Fine Arts
--Visual arts
Mathematics
--Representation
--Symmetry
--Patterns

3-8

Brief Description

Teach your students about the art of balance and symmetry with a colorful project they can display in the classroom or at home.

Objectives

Students will:

• Define symmetry.
• Generate examples of symmetry in the world around them.
• Create their own symmetrical patterns.

Keywords

Butterflies, symmetry, patterns, craft, project

Materials Needed

Recommended colors:

Bright Red (65141)
Burgundy (65057)
Deep Turquoise (65140)
Glacier Blue (65169)
Royal Blue (65023)

• Thick felt
• Yarn
• Pencils or markers
• Butterfly-shaped stencils
• Sharp scissors

Lesson Plan

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:

1. Trace butterfly pattern onto stiff felt. Cut out butterfly.
2. Fold butterfly in half. Cut two small horizontal slits in the fold. Open butterfly flat.
3. Create swirly designs on one butterfly wing with 3D Fashion Paint.
4. To create a perfectly symmetrical design on wings, fold other butterfly wing onto the painted wing and press. Unfold and let dry.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 to create four more butterflies in other colors. Let dry completely before the next step.
6. Thread yarn through the slits in the butterflies.
7. Add beads and tie a loop in the top of the yarn to hang. Tie beads to the bottom of the yarn to complete.

Assessment

Ask students to discuss and display the symmetrical patterns on their projects.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted by

Pattie Wilkinson

National Standards

FINE ARTS
Visual Arts

NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions

NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions

MATHEMATICS
Representation