These Summer Symmetry Cards for Kids are a perfect way to practice or even introduce symmetry to your learners who are learning about symmetry. These simple and engaging task cards are the perfect activity for your third and fourth graders and are an easy way to practice basic symmetry with your learners.
Use these cards to teach symmetry and also have a great activity for summer, too! These could be used in the classroom or as free resources for some extra practice at home.
Be sure to check out my Summer Scavenger Hunt for Kids for even more summer learning fun.
Summer Symmetry Task Cards
Symmetry is such a fun and exciting maths concept, which is sure to intrigue many learners when they first start learning about it. In order to help learners grasp the concept of symmetry these Symmetry Task Cards are perfect. Featuring the concept in a fun summer theme, learners are sure to enjoy learning symmetry by seeing and pairing up half of the image.
This free Symmetry printable will focus on only the basics of symmetry, such as identifying whether the shape is symmetrical and lines of symmetry. Since this printable is only meant to be an introduction to symmetry, the questions are kept relatively simple and straightforward.
Learning about Symmetry
Learning about symmetry can be interactive and engaging. We have examples of symmetry all around us, which makes it very easy to bring our natural surroundings into discussions surrounding symmetry.
Start off by explaining the concept of symmetry by letting learners know that symmetry results in objects having identical sides, and the two parts are mirror images of each other. The line that divides the objects down the middle to create the two sides is called a line of symmetry.
Once the learner has had a basic understanding of what symmetry is, ask learners to look around them and find out objects and items that are symmetrical.
Common examples would include tables, chairs, books, boxes, markers, and so on. Learners might also point out examples such as new pencils or new crayons.
How to extend this line symmetry activity
This can be further extended by explaining that crayons are symmetrical when they are new, but as they get used, they lose the symmetry and are no longer symmetrical.
Symmetry can also be explored in shapes and letters as well. Present learners with common 2D Shapes and ask learners to identify which of the shapes are symmetrical. Learners can also be tasked with identifying the different lines of symmetry in the shapes.
Similarly, for letters, learners can identify which letters of the alphabet are symmetrical and where the lines are of symmetry are within the letter. A fun extension of this activity would be to present letters in different fonts, which affects the symmetry of letters.
This would be a further challenge to learners and is also a fun way to get learners to realize how fonts can affect the letters, especially in terms of symmetry.
Materials Required – Symmetry Puzzle Printables
*affiliate links may be used in this post
- Dry-erase markers (if required)
To Prep for the Symmetry Task Cards
Get and print the printable.
Print the task cards, laminate them, and cut them apart.
Print copies of the recording sheets as required.
Place the cards and the recording sheets at a math center for your learners to use.
Using the Symmetry Task Cards
Present the task cards to your learners. Ideally, before starting this center, your learners should have a basic idea about the concept of symmetry. Refer to the section on Learning about Symmetry for some easy tips and ideas.
Learners will go through their set of task cards and solve the questions. It’s a great way to help them grasp the understanding of symmetry.
They can also write down the answers in the recording sheets which have been included. Let their creativity flow! This is what’s so great about kids activities!
Learners can then check their answers using the answer key once they are done with the activity.
This can really help them start to understand symmetrical patterns by using fun printable activities. There is so much symmetry fun waiting to happen! (the other added benefit besides giving them a good idea of symmetry is that it helps to improve their observation skills as well – and not just for symmetrical things!)
So grab these FREE Summer Symmetry Task Cards and have fun learning! Freebies are my favorite way of learning! Introduce these concepts to preschoolers, kindergarten learners, and other young kids and learners who want to learn!
Get your FREE Symmetry Cards for Kids
FREE Summer Symmetry Cards for Kids
Don’t forget to check out my Symmetry Painting as well!