Symmetry is all around us, but what is it? Imagine a line that divide a shape in half. But each half makes a mirror image of that shape!
This short 2-minute video clip helps explain objects with symmetry and those without:
Go on a symmetry hunt and look for objects with symmetry in your room, backyard, patio, outside on a nature walk, or anywhere around you! How many things can you find with one side exactly like the other?
We recommend going on “nature walk” in and around your neighborhood. Walk around your local neighborhood, park, or yard to find animals, plants, and buildings that all show symmetry!
Do you see any butterflies or bugs today? Did they land on a plant or the sidewalk or grass? Can you take a picture of it or draw it on a piece of paper?
Note to parents: During this time of shelter in place/safe at home, be sure to continue to lead your family on walks, and approach nature observation sessions with your own health in mind—there is a lot of stimulation they can receive on the Internet, but the world outside (albeit in your immediate surroundings) is constantly changing and just as fascinating to explore! Just be sure to practice community health guidelines related to “social-distancing”.
The Monarch Butterfly has 4 wings, 6 legs, 2 antennae and 12,000 compound eyes!!!
This impressive bug is also perfectly symmetrical. Explore symmetry by making your own colorful butterfly by following some of the links to arts and craft activities below:
Take a picture of your Monarch creation and post it on the Agriculture Museum or Museum of Ventura County Facebook! We want to see everyone’s colorful creations!
Arts and Crafts Resources:
- Buggy and Buddy – Monarch Butterfly Symmetry Art for Kids **Recommended
- Deep Space Sparkle – Butterfly Painting Lesson **Recommended
- Gift of Curiosity – Hands-on Symmetry Activities
- Happy Hooligans – Monarch Butterfly Craft and Painted Coffee Filters
- Macaroonoriginal – Butterfly Life Cycle Coloring Activity
- Kid World Citizen – Butterfly Art for Kids