Grab some nature finds and a stick, and try this forest school symmetry lesson.
Forest school symmetry activity using loose parts
In this lesson children can:
:: work with natural loose parts
:: explore shape and pattern
:: explore linear and radial symmetry
:: work alone or in pairs
:: set challenges for others
Gather your materials
Begin by collecting a selection of natural loose parts.
Scout around and see what leaves, seeds, pebbles and twigs you can find. Collect a few of each sort.
You’ll also need a long straight stick.
Layout the stick (or draw a line of chalk). This will be your line of symmetry.
On one side of the stick, lay out a selection of your gathered materials. You can combine seeds, leaves, and twigs, and mix and match colours and textures to create a design.
Then see if your children can complete the mirror image of the design on the other side of the stick. Can they create a symmetrical layout?
You can make a very simple pattern or a more complex one, to suit the level your children are working at.
Have the children work in pairs: one makes the design, the other completes the symmetrical picture. Then swap roles and make another symmetry picture.
Add in more line-of-symmetry sticks to work on radial symmetry designs (like a snowflake).
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