Exploring Symmetry With LEGO

Exploring Symmetry With LEGO Butterflies | Mama Papa Bubba

As you may or may not already know, this week Miss G and I are participating in a fun-filled ‘LEGO Week’ with a bunch of other blogging friends, which basically means that we’re dedicating the week to sharing activities and projects inspired by LEGO!

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LEGO lends itself perfectly to all sorts of math activities {see our LEGO addition tray and our LEGO patterns busy box}, so this time around I thought we’d branch out by exploring symmetry with LEGO bricks.

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When I sat down to put together the activity, I knew that I wanted to provide Miss G with half of a shape that she could complete, but I wasn’t sure what that shape would be…  At first I thought of creating half of a house, a face, or a flower, but then I remembered doing symmetrical finger painted butterflies when she was just a tiny little thing, and went with that instead.

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Of course, while I worked on setting up our activity, Gracen was busy working on a project of her own. ☺

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In order to create the butterfly, I pulled out a ton of bricks in my desired colours, divided them up into two identical piles, and then began building the first wing using the pieces from just one of the piles {leaving the other for Miss G to use later}.  Once I had my wing created, I added a simple black body down the centre.

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Then I placed the one-winged butterfly on a tray along with all of the pieces Grae would need to create an identical wing.

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Since we really haven’t explored symmetry much, I wasn’t sure how Grae would approach the activity, but after asking if she’d like to create a matching second wing for our butterfly friend, she got started right away.

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What was interesting was that while I created my wing by putting the outline in place first, Miss G started at the body and worked her way outwards row by row.

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As she went, she made sure the two sides matched by verbalizing the brick shapes and colours on each side of the black body, which was pretty neat to watch.

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While figuring out where the final piece fit in took a minute or two, she came up with this, a perfectly symmetrical butterfly, in no time at all.

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But she wasn’t done yet.  ‘Miss Butterfly’ received a nose, a mouth, eyes antennae, and bows {all of which were also symmetrical!] and then she was done. ☺

Want some more LEGO inspiration?  Check out all of our LEGO Week posts here.


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