Use architectural landmarks to explain symmetry to children, then create simple symmetrical drawings with these printable draw-the-missing-half art prompts!
Why is architectural symmetry so satisfying? One possible reason is that it reflects the human body, which has a right side and a left. As a result, the human mind seems constantly drawn to anything that reflects some aspect of symmetry.
Symmetry appears frequently in architecture, both in small and large things. Floor tiles may be laid in symmetrical patterns. If the women’s washroom is on one side, chances are, the men’s is on the other. And, of course, the left side of a building’s facade often mirrors the right, with the entrance in the middle.
On the one hand, this pack uses architectural landmarks to discuss the topic symmetry with children. On the other hand, it employs symmetry to teach children how to create simplified drawings of architectural landmarks. Many children are fascinated with the subject of famous architectural landmarks (my son is one of them!), and the prompts can be a fun addition either to math or geography lessons.
The prompts only show one side of each landmark, and children are encouraged to draw the missing part. While doing so, they will pay attention to matching colours, drawing correct shapes and counting the correct number of columns, stairs, roofs, etc.
Unlike some of our previous draw-the-missing half prompts, I recommend this one for older children, who are interested in learning about architecture as well as learning about symmetry. For simpler prompts, try Draw the Missing Half: Insects or Draw the Missing Half: Flowers!
Draw the Missing Half: Landmarks Features
The Landmarks Symmetry pack consists of ten landmarks – the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Chureito Pagoda, Moai Statues, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Kremlin Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Parthenon, Wat Phra Kaew, and Chichen Itza.
There are ten drawing prompts exploring the concept of bilateral symmetry, as well as accompanying photographs of these landmarks for reference.
Children can finish them with coloured pencils, markers, or pens. If you want, you can laminate the pages and use them with dry-erase or washable markers.
Benefits of Draw the Missing Half Prompts
Draw the missing part art prompts are great for developing a variety of skills, such as:
- Understanding symmetry
- Observing shapes
- Matching colours
- Fine motor writing & drawing skills
In addition to this, the Landmarks pack introduces children to interesting architectural landmarks around the world, while showing how to depict them in a simplified way.
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