Category Archives: Math Skills

Butterfly Symmetry

Glitter and glue make a great butterfly! Fold the paper in half and then open it back up. Starting at the crease draw half of the butterfly on one side. If your child is big enough, you could draw the lines and they could trace it with glue, or they could even do it completely on their own. Next, fold the paper back over and smooth it out- the glue will transfer to the other side and when you open the paper back up, you’ll have a symmetrical full butterfly. Now it’s time to glitter it up!

Go Further:

-Have your kid experiment with symmetry. Use the same technique, but let your kiddo draw different designs and then observe how they change when they’re reflected across the line of symmetry.

Stone Name Game (for numbers too!)

Name game! Start with some thin fabric (I used white and had my daughter color on it, so she was more involved), and cut out the letters of your child’s name. Apply a thin layer of glue to the letters and lay them flat onto some smooth stones. After they’ve dried, paint over them with modge podge (your kid can do this part). Once the stones are completely dry, they’re ready to play with.

Use the letter stones for letter and name recognition. As your kid begins to recognize the letters, they can practice putting them in the right order by lining up the stones to spell their name.

An easier way: If you’re not up for cutting letters out of fabric, you can have your kiddo paint the rocks and then you can paint the letters on.

Going on a “stone hunt” prior to doing this project is a great opportunity to incorporate counting, size and shape skills (how many stones, what size and what kind of shape).

Go Further:

-You can make these stones with numbers 1-10 to practice number order, counting and recognition.