Christmas is almost here! Can you believe the year flew by just like that?! Here is a great Christmas themed activity to learn about symmetry! Your students will enjoy practicing symmetry in a unique way with this Christmas Tree Symmetry Activity!
*Pair this with our Shape Centers and Activities for Pre-K/Kinder!
Christmas Tree Symmetry Activity
I love using felt for lots of activities, from busy bags, to story time to crafting to fine motor activities. You can, however, use cardboard or craft foam if you do not have felt at hand. It is such a versatile material to use!
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What you need:
- Green felt (or then green cardboard or craft foam if you prefer)
- Mini pom poms or button/ beads
- Tiny candy canes, candy etc. cut from felt, cardboard or craft foam
- A Star, cut in half
- Any other small items you can use on the Christmas tree
How to prepare this activity:
Cut a Christmas tree shape and then cut it in half.
Provide the small items together with either a half filled tree – this is possible in a small group setting, or let two students play together. The kids usually love this option!
One student can do the setup- filling the first half of the tree, then the friend can “copy” that half so that it is exactly symmetrical.
If you want to use this as an independent activity in a class center, you can make cards- take photos of half-filled trees and laminate it, your students can use to copy from.
This Christmas Tree Symmetry Activity not only helps student recognize symmetry and completing it, it also works on patterning skills and essentially visual discrimination plus visual closure skills.
Visual discrimination skills are needed for all other subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics etc. Here students learn all these skills in a visually appealing activity-all these bright colors! Fine motor skills and hand-coordination are also worked on when picking up those small pieces and placing them “just right.”
Want to do more symmetry activities? Then, hop on over to see our FREE Symmetry Quilt Patterns Printable!