Symmetry Drawing

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Symmetry Drawing

September 22, 2014
By   |   Math Fun, Parent Blog

I love to draw, and it seems my children have inherited that love. All three of them can spend hours doodling and recreating whatever fantasy worlds they’ve spun in their imaginations. They also love to copy their favorite characters and objects, but often end up frustrated because their drawing looks nothing like the original. I tell them every artist has his or her own style, but there’s always room for improvement. The key is lots of practice, and a knowledge of concepts such as perspective, light, proportion, and symmetry.

Reflection Symmetry

Terms like shading, vanishing points, and horizon lines may be too complex for beginning artists, but even young children can understand basic symmetry. An object displays the simplest type of symmetry — reflection symmetry — when one half of the object is the mirror image of the other half. The line that separates the two halves is called the line of symmetry.

Here are 3 fun fall drawing ideas for kids that help explore the concept of symmetry while building their drawing skills. Start with the easiest one, then move on to more challenging projects!

Easy: Symmetrical Spooky Spider Collage

Spiders are great examples of symmetry; there are four legs on each half of a spider’s body! Get started on your Halloween home decor with this spooky spider collage:

  1. Find a small or medium-sized plastic spider. Halloween decorations are already appearing in stores, so you’ll find plenty of plastic spiders and spider rings in the dollar aisle!
  2. Cut the spider in half.
  3. Glue the right half of the spider on a piece of paper.
  4. Draw in the left half of the spider. If you have a preschooler, ask them to predict how many legs they need to draw!

Medium: Symmetrical Fall Leaf Collage

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Most leaves are naturally symmetrical; when a leaf is split down its stem, the right and left halves of the leaf are mirror images of each other. The next time you go for a walk with your child, gather a few leaves and try to identify which leaves are most symmetrical. Then pick a favorite leaf or two for this fall leaf collage:

  1. Collect several different types of leaves.
  2. Carefully cut each leaf in half, lengthwise. Save the other half for later.
  3. Glue one half of your leaf on a piece of paper.
  4. Using a pencil, draw in the other half of the leaf, using the half glued to the paper as your guide. Trace over your pencil marks and fill in your leaf with a marker or crayons.
  5. Take the other half of the leaf and compare it with what you’ve drawn.  How identical are they?

Challenging: Symmetrical Self Portrait Collage

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School portraits are part of our annual fall rituals. Why not combine a new school photo with a symmetry drawing challenge to capture both how your child looks and how well he draws?

  1. Take a close-up photo of your child, looking straight into the camera.
  2. Print the photo, then cut it in half, lengthwise, right through the middle of the face.
  3. Glue one half of the photo on a piece of paper.
  4. Using a pencil, draw in the other half of the face. If your child is having difficulty, draw light pencil lines across from the top of the head, hairline, eyebrows, top of the eyes, bottom of the eyes, nostrils, lips, and chin.  This will help keep all the facial features at the correct level.

Add more symmetry to your day with this Bedtime Math problem.

Images courtesy of Ana Picazo


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Ana Picazo first fell in love with math (trigonometry, to be precise) in 10th grade and went on to earn undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees. She met her computer engineering husband at a financial software company and they have passed their love of math on to their three children. Ana blogs at Finding Bonggamom and The Savvy Source for Parents.

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