Shapes and Color

Create a colorful work of art using symmetry as the subject.

  • 1.

    Review the role of symmetry in geometry, nature, and shapes. Ask students to observe symmetry in their surroundings and record what they see.

  • 2.

    Provide students with several pieces of Crayola® Construction Paper. Fold the multiple colors of the construction paper in half. Draw different shapes on the paper and cut out with Crayola Scissors. Cutting two shapes at one time will create two identical shapes.

  • 3.

    Students arrange the shapes on a piece of black construction paper so that if it was folded in half the shapes would be symmetrical.

  • 4.

    For the shapes in the center of the page, students will cut one shape in half, placing one half on each side of the center folded line to create symmetry. Glue the shapes in place with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 5.

    Using a Crayola Gel Marker, students outline each shape with different colors.

  • 6.

    Students glue the black construction paper to another piece of colored construction paper to create a frame.

  • 7.

    Organize students into small groups to discuss the artwork they created and verbally demonstrate an understanding of symmetry.


  • LA: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.
  • VA: Students demonstrate an understanding that creative thinking skills transfer to all aspects of life.


  • Students identify shapes in nature that have symmetry and depict them in artwork.
  • Students identify the difference between congruency and symmetry.
  • Students point out the lines of symmetry in shapes.
  • Classroom resources include: Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy, What is Symmetry in Nature? by Bobbie Kalman, and Seeing Halves: Symmetry in Our World by John Perritano.