Kindergartners learned all about symmetry in this self-portrait project. They are learning about life cycles in their classrooms, so they have these giant hornworms in their class that they are observing. We looked at pictures of hornworm moths and talked about the symmetry in the wings. Then we made a list of other animals that have symmetrical wings.
To make symmetrical paper we folded our paper in half and used tempera cakes to paint one side of the paper. After each paint stroke we folded the paper over and rubbed it to print the color onto the other side.
Kids had to completely paint/print their paper, covering up all the white.
After the paper dried we used it to cut out symmetrical wings. Kids were very interested in dragon wings, so we looked at some photos of dragons. We learned how to draw and cut out symmetrical dragon, moth or butterfly wings.
We cut out photographs of ourselves that I had already taken and collaged on our wings. We added extra details like antennae and tails with the leftover paper.