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Name Symmetry

Your child can identify many things that have symmetry, but what a surprise it will be to find the “symmetry” in his or her own name!

What You Need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Ruler or straightedge
  • Hand mirror

What You and Your Child Will Do:

  1. Ask your child to write his or her name on the paper in big block letters.
  2. Then have the child use the ruler to draw a straight line along the bottom of the letters. (If the letters were written in such a way as to make this impossible, have the child rewrite the name so that the letters are lined up in a row.)
  3. Tell the child to pretend that the line is a line of symmetry. Now have your child write his or her name below the line so that each letter above shows symmetry. (This can be done by turning the page upside down and, in effect, writing the name upside down and backwards.)
  4. Demonstrate how to stand the mirror up along the line so that it faces the upside down/backwards letters. Tell your child to read the reflection of what appears in the mirror to check the symmetry.
  5. Point out another way to check the symmetry. Help your child fold the paper along the line. Tell him or her to peek down at the letters inside the folded paper. If the pairs of letters match exactly, then the name was written to show symmetry.

More to Do:

  • Repeat the activity, this time having your child write his or her name with a capital for the first letter and then with small letters for the rest.