Spring is finally here, which means flowers are starting to bloom. And what better way to add some flowers to the classroom than through some STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math)!
Teaching about symmetry – exactly similar parts facing each other – is a great way for kids to work on geometry skills while making some gorgeous blooms.
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Flower Symmetry Activities
Nature is a great example of both symmetrical and non-symmetrical elements.
Plus it’s a great excuse to step outside on a warm spring day to explore and compare the blooms first hand.
To start, I handed out a flower card to each student and had them fold their card in half to see if they could identify the line of symmetry.
This step helped me identify the students who understood the concept and those who needed a little more help.
Next, students picked cards that show off the line of symmetry either vertically or horizontally.
The dotted line down the middle helped some of struggling students find the mirror image and grasp the concept.
Our next activity was a ‘complete the drawing’ challenge.
There were five flowers but only half were in the frame. Students had to look at each flower and draw in the missing half.
(I made a set for right-handed students and another set for left-handed students.)
Last, we did my favorite activity: painting with symmetry.
There is something magical about painting on one side and folding the paper to transfer the paint.
And I think the kids saw the magic too because this was my students’ favorite step.
We started by folding the paper in half so it was ready when we painted.
Then we chose what paints we wanted to use. I wanted to do the outline so I could see the opposite side in just yellow.
But kids can do this any way they please and the results will still be a lot of fun!
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