How to Teach Symmetry in Kindergarten

Teach symmetry to kindergarten students with these fun, hands-on math activities. Work on making pictures symmetrical with these centers, and make a line of symmetry.

Teaching symmetry can sometimes be a difficult concept, it seems that some students just ‘get it’, while others need a little more help. I find that the best way to get students to understand a line of symmetry, is to get to them to practice in different ways and with different materials.

Here are a few of the activities that we did with our class to get them working on symmetry:

Dot Painting

Teach symmetry to kindergarten students with these fun, hands-on math activities. Work on making pictures symmetrical with these centers, and make a line of symmetry.

With this easy to prep printable, students had to complete the butterflies by filling in the dots to make them symmetrical.

Teach symmetry to kindergarten students with these fun, hands-on math activities. Work on making pictures symmetrical with these centers, and make a line of symmetry.

We used q-tips and paint, but you could use any colouring materials you wanted (markers, crayons, pencil crayons).

Picture Sorting

Teach symmetry to kindergarten students with these fun, hands-on math activities. Work on making pictures symmetrical with these centers, and make a line of symmetry.

With this activity, students had to determine whether or not an image was symmetrical. They would look at the picture, then decide if it had a line of symmetry and then sort it into the right category. This was great for getting them to see that a line of symmetry can be horizontal or vertical.

Complete the Picture

Teach symmetry to kindergarten students with these fun, hands-on math activities. Work on making pictures symmetrical with these centers, and make a line of symmetry.

Our students had a great time completing this challenging activity. They had to try and complete the picture along the line of symmetry. This was hard for some of my students, but they really worked at making sure their images looked symmetrical.

All these activities are available in my Easy Print and Prep Symmetry pack:

Symmetry Preview

Need even more ideas on how to practice symmetry with your students? Check out these posts with more centers and activities:

Practicing Symmetry in Kindergarten

Pattern Block Line of Symmetry Provocation

Pattern Block Butterflies

Kindergarten Line of Symmetry Activities

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