# SYMMETRY YEAR 1

Discussion in 'Primary' started by jwhite1985, May 14, 2007.

1. ### jwhite1985

ANY IDEAS FOR SYMMETRY AND REPAETAED PATTERNS. DID AN ACTIVITY TODAY USING PAINT, FOLDING IT IN HALF ETC. ANY OTHER IDEAS.

THANKS

2. ### jwhite1985

ANY IDEAS FOR SYMMETRY AND REPAETAED PATTERNS. DID AN ACTIVITY TODAY USING PAINT, FOLDING IT IN HALF ETC. ANY OTHER IDEAS.

THANKS

3. ### bubblebabe

Large squared paper with a vertical line down middle. Child uses coloured cubes on one side. Partner mirrors image on the other.

Mirror actions of each other

Playground activity. Use skipping rope as divider. Place objects on one side, Chn to mirror image on the other.

Colour in butterfly patterns

Use counters/teddy bears to set out a symmetrical pattern

4. ### Alip

ICT activity - Use Dazzle or something that has an option to put a line of symmetry in then you can have loads of fun making patterns. Obviously will only work if you have access to computers!

5. ### jwhite1985

Thank you so much, will be using these ideas.

6. ### totyNew commenter

Hello jwhite. Hope some of these ideas might help.
Look at pictures/photographs of objects & animals with symmetrical patterns. Cut in half & use mirrors to make whole again.
? Give children very simple symmetrical drawings (e.g. Dick Bruna type) which have been cut in half. Use mirrors again to make whole. Challenge them to draw the missing half as accurately as possible.
? Cut out a huge simple butterfly shape & put on floor. Ask a volunteer to play a copying game. You place a coloured shape on one wing, child has to match on his/her wing, keeping the pattern symmetrical. Build up gradually with rest of children checking to see if pattern is symmetrical. With smaller blank butterflies play in pairs. Children can make their own butterflies using pre-cut coloured shapes & prittsticks (or the gummed shapes you can buy).
? Make symmetrical models & pictures using shape tiles, blocks, sticky shapes etc. Again play a copying game with volunteer using lego bricks. When finished join the two to make a symmetrical model.
? Fold different brightly coloured paper in half & draw a dot at each end of the fold. Children draw a big wiggly line from one dot to the other & cut out. Open to reveal symmetrical shape. Ask them or their friends to tell you what their shapes look like. We?ve had great imaginative ideas & they look good displayed with their titles.
? Use paint to make symmetrical butterflies.