With our Jungle Theme last week I created this game to do during circle time, but it could easily be made into a tray for one or two kids to work on at a time. My preschool kids (ages 3 & 4) loved it!
- Cardstock (white or colored)
- Clothes Pins (you can find these at Dollar Tree)
- Cut an even amount of triangles out of the cardstock.
- Color matching symmetrical wings out of pairs of triangles.
How to Play:
- Mix wings up and lay them face down.
- Have the first child turn over two. Do they match?
- Once a match is made, overlap the triangles a bit at the center point and clip with a clothes pin. Gently sway the butterfly back and forth to make the wings flutter.
- Continue until all of the matches are made.
Here’s how this game can be organized into a tray:
This game is a great way to introduce symmetry. After the game, I gave each of the kids one blank white triangle and asked them to design a beautiful butterfly wing. I reminded them to keep it simple enough to reproduce on another wing. After they were done with the first, I gave them a second wing and told them to draw the exact same design. I helped orientate the wings in the same direction so they could easily see how to replicate the design. After they were done, each of them clipped them with a clothes pin and took them home. All of the kids were able to successfully create a symmetrical pair and they had a fun time doing it.