We love symmetry games. They are beautiful, engaging and are usually quite challenging. At the same time they are easy to play even with the youngest children. These games are also great when you have more than one child involved and with children of different ages and developmental stages in the same group. Besides, this particular game does not require any advance preparation. You can play it any time anywhere!
Why Symmetry Games
Children are natural symmetry seekers. They look for and are pleased to find harmony and balance that are usually associated with symmetry, whether in objects, people or sounds. This simple game will help them develop a more precise understanding of symmetry.
Kids love this game because it’s so much fun to mimic others. Parents love it because it’s so quick and simple to set up and can be played just about anywhere. Plus it’s a quick way to release tension and resolve conflicts.
Math We Make in This Game
BIG Math Concept
BUZZ Words to Use Throughout the Game
How to Play Live Mirrors
Stand in front of each other and mimic each other’s gestures and expressions. That’s it!
It sounds so easy, but depending on the positions and motions this can be a difficult (yet fun) game. The difficulty levels can be easily adjusted for child’s age and levels of gross/fine motor skills:
Infants – let your baby lead and you follow by mirroring her gestures and facial expressions. Holding the baby in your lap, mirror someone else’s gestures with baby’s hands and feet.
Toddlers – choose large body movements or hand movements. You might need to position your child’s hands. You can also help (and add language development to the mix) by telling the story of your movements using math words, such as “up/down”, “left/right”, “forward/backward”, “front/back”, “sit/stand”, “in/out”, etc.
Kids – add motion (who doesn’t love twirling in front of a mirror!), try more complicated movements (rub your tummy and pat your head), invite more people to add more mirror lines, aka lines of symmetry. Play this as a break game in math activities involving symmetry of equations, functions, or shapes.
Adults – find finger positions or motions that challenge you at your level. Help kids who get confused by mimicking them in return, or gently positioning their limbs with your hands. Ponder why some motions are harder to mimic than others.
Other Ways to Play Live Mirrors
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