Symmetry Activity: Kindergarten line of symmetry activity ideas with hands-on and engaging centers. Find inspiration to practice symmetry with your students.
Over the past two weeks we have been investigating lines of symmetry in my classroom. My students and I looked at where we saw them in nature (bugs, butterflies, leaves), where we saw lines of symmetry in our classroom (letters, numbers) and we made our own symmetrical images.
Here are a few activities that you can try in your classroom:
I made this butterfly matching game a few years ago. I printed out pictures of butterflies, cut them in half and glued half of them to the bristle board.
After laminating all the pieces to keep them nice, I added velcro to them. Students had a great time matching the two halves of the butterflies together.
table symmetry activity
I used the classroom tables to inspire symmetrical images. Using yarn and tape, I made the slices, and put out loose parts.
Students had a blast working together to make their creations symmetrical. I’ve done this a few times, and it is such a hit every time (you can see another version of it here).
I made our Small World Center a butterfly creation station. I cut butterflies out of felt and added loose parts to the center.
We had some very colourful creations in our room!
symmetry circle activity
I used these awesome symmetry circle templates from A Little Pinch of Perfect to explore symmetry with different loose parts.
I have a few different symmetry circle templates in my Easy Print and Prep pack as well.
pattern block butterflies and flowers
Students used my Pattern Block Flowers and Butterflies! Line of Symmetry Bundle to work on completing the images. Students pick a task card and have to recreate the butterfly or flower on the work mat.
This is another activity that I have used over and over again. My students have always loved using it, and it so engaging and fun. You can see another set-up for it here.
more symmetry activities
If you are looking for more inspiration for your symmetry centers, I have lots of blog posts to help you out:
- How to Teach Symmetry in Kindergarten
- Practicing Symmetry in Kindergarten
- Line of Symmetry Activity
- Invitation to Explore- Line of Symmetry
I’ve also written My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers if you have any questions about how my classroom runs, and how I use these activities.
You can also find my Easy Print and Prep Symmetry centers that will make planning for this unit fast and easy:
I love this math unit because it allows students to be creative, while still learning about different math concepts! What do you do to practice symmetry? Let me know in the comments.
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These pictures and explanations show such brilliant ways to explore line of symmetry! I opened up your blog page to read and my six year old came running over to see more closely, asking, “What’s that? I want to see?”
I simply *love* the idea of symmetry with the use of images and velcro the way you did it with the butterfly poster. And the table where children recreate symmetric images using manipulatives is inspiring: I’ve got to do this with my own kids. They will love it! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! The students loved learning about symmetry and it was a great chance to be creative!