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Heart Symmetry

Symmetry painting is fun no matter the age. Heart symmetry is a great introduction to shapes and symmetry while having fun creating some fun art.

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Get ready, set, and fold!

This is a fun way to create a fun and colorful heart while learning more about symmetry. The children paint one side of the heart and then fold down on the other half. When they open it up their creation is represented on both sides of the heart. What other shapes can you do this with? 

📚 Books to explore: Zachary Zormer Shape Transformer by Joanna Reisberg; When a Line Bends a Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler; Is it Symmetrical by Nancy Allen.

🔀 Change it up - You can use any shape for this activity — let the children explore other shapes you can fold. 

🖌️ Messy ALERT! - This craft can get messy so make sure to put down some newspaper or create outside.


For this activity you will need:

White paper or card stock 

Paint colors of your choice (2-3)

Paint brush 


Learning Outcomes






Comparing, matching, and sorting according to common properties


Step 1:

Cut large hearts out of paper and fold them in half.

Step 2:

Using the paintbrush, add paint to one half of the heart. 

Step 3:

Fold in half and press down with your hand.

Step 4:

Then open up to reveal your creation.

Step 5:

Set aside to dry and hang to enjoy!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have them cut their own hearts or explore other shapes they can fold in half.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Have them pick their two favorite colors to add to the heart. They may require some hand over hand with the paintbrush.

Playful Questions

What color do the colors make when mixed together?

What happened when you folded the heart and pressed down?

Is the paint the same on both sides? How come?

What other shapes can we fold in half?

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