Mini Monets and Mommies: Valentine's Day Art and Math: Symmetry Hearts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine's Day Art and Math: Symmetry Hearts

So, ‘math’ probably isn’t the first word that you think of when you hear Valentine’s Day. But, when it comes to kids’ art activities – it can be! I always enjoy combining art with other areas. Whether it’s science, literacy, music or just about anything else, I’ve seen how hands-on art-making can really hit a lesson home for a child.

Holiday craft

This time we’re making symmetry hearts. I have to admit, I’m not fantastically fabulous at free-hand drawing (and my son definitely inherited that from me). When he was younger we’d fold a piece of paper in half, draw half the shape, and then cut it out to make a symmetrical looking picture. This activity is no different. Well, it sort of is. It actually expands on this idea with an artsy game.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Construction paper

·        A marker

·        Scissors

·        Clear-drying school glue

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Stack two or three pieces of construction paper together (each paper should be a different color).

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2.     Fold the paper in half book style.

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3.     Draw half a heart on the paper, starting at the fold. You may need to show your child a whole heart first. Then, fold the heart in half to help her visualize what she will draw.

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4.     Cut the hearts out.

5.     Repeat, making a few more stacks of hearts in different shapes and sizes. Have your child create chubby hearts, skinny hearts, tall ones and short ones.

6.     Unfold all of the hearts.

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7.     Cut each heart at the fold line to make halves.

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8.     Scatter the hearts on a flat surface.

9.     Match the heart halves. The trick is that your child can’t use the colors to make a match. Each new pair has to have half a heart from a different color. She needs to match the shape and size to create symmetrical Valentine’s Day hearts.

10.  Glue the pairs onto a piece of paper to make a holiday collage.

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2 comments:

  1. Lovely hearts! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

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  2. Great way to learn - my daughter would have loved this...

    Thanks for linking up with this week's parenting pin it party x x x

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