Try out your artistic side and learn about symmetry at the same time with these self-portrait art activities.
What you’ll need:
- Close up photo of your child
- 8.5 x 11 white printer paper
- Glue stick
- Colored pencils/markers/crayons
- Use a close up, front-facing photo of your child and download it onto a computer.
- Resize the photo in Microsoft Word to take up almost a full page. Print in color.
- Use a ruler and pencil to trace a line of symmetry on the image.
- Cut along the traced line and glue one half onto a piece of construction paper.
- Encourage your child to reproduce their mirror image, then color with colored pencils, markers or crayons!
Experiment with trimming the background away and creating your own, or mirroring the background just like you did with the self-image.
For younger kids, you can draw the image, talking them through the process as you create the reflection image, then let them color the image based on the colors they observe in the original photo.
Try the activity with other family members – grandma and grandpa would probably love receiving their portraits in the mail!