We were recently playing with our Do A Dot markers and discovered a fun way to learn about symmetry. This art activity only requires a few items and has no prep time. That’s my kind of art!
You will need:
- Do A Dot Markers
- White paper
Fold a sheet of white paper in half and then unfold it and give it to your child. I told the kids that they could only make a design on one side of the paper. This is much easier for them to understand if the paper has been pre-folded.
Have your child draw a design on one side of the paper with a Do A Dot marker. You will want to make sure they are squeezing the marker as they are making the design so more liquid comes out. The designs need to be pretty wet so that they will make a symmetrical picture on the opposite side of the paper. This required some experimenting until the kids got the hang of it.
When the design is drawn and the paper is still wet, fold over the blank side and have your child smooth down the paper.
Now it’s time to open it the paper and see what happened!
She discovered that her pictures looked similar on both sides of the paper. We talked about how the pictures on each half were symmetrical – they had the same balance of proportions of each side of the fold in the paper.
She tried it again with a red Do A Dot marker and got a similar result. You can try this with all sorts of designs. Half a circle and half a heart work well to demonstrate this concept. Just be sure to make your design start right near the crease if you are making a circle or a heart.
If you are looking for other ways to teach symmetry through art you can try using the folded paper method above with finger paint or tempera paint. Use what you have at home to create a fun art and math activity for your little one!
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