Symmetrical Sticker Pictures

The winter school holidays have just started here in South Australia and it's cold and windy outside. Whilst the girls are probably happy to play Minecraft for hours, I am not. Today I set up this simple invitation for them using Ed Emberley's Picture Pie drawing book to create some symmetrical artwork from stickers. It's an invitation that is easy to set up using a printable template to guide them and some cheap colourful stickers. Whilst Picture Pie is a great inspiration, it's not essential to creating your own artwork from stickers.

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Today's invitation caters for mixed ages (5-10yrs) so I've borrowed a clever idea from Kate over at PicklebumsShe used a template to help make her contact paper mandalas symmetrical. I created a simple template to help even the youngest one with their symmetry. You can download my printable by clicking here.  


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I also printed some pages from the Picture Pie book and put them on the table as inspiration. There are many ideas in this book but today I just thought we focus on making symmetrical pictures.  Great for older students working on fractions too as Relief Teaching Ideas has written about.

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For ease of viewing, I printed three pages then just sticky-taped them together so they would stand up on the table for all to see.  Better than passing the book around.

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The invitation was then ready to show the kids and they didn't take long to get started making their own artwork.

Symmetrical sticker pictures - an invitation to make symmetrical pictures from stickers using Ed Emberley's Picture Pie book as inspiration | you clever monkey

Symmetrical sticker pictures - an invitation to make symmetrical pictures from stickers using Ed Emberley's Picture Pie book as inspiration | you clever monkey

Symmetrical sticker pictures - an invitation to make symmetrical pictures from stickers using Ed Emberley's Picture Pie book as inspiration | you clever monkey

As always, the difference in their ages makes for quite different work. As you can see from this next shot, the youngest one chose to just make a picture with the stickers. This activity is also a great fine motor strengthening exercise for smaller hands.

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The best part? I sat down and made some too.  

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I can see us returning to this activity as the book has plenty of ideas. That and when I did a bit of a tidy up earlier today I found I had amassed very generous pile of stickers... oops!

If like me, you have lots of stickers (these just came from a local discount shop), you might also enjoy these activities:

Creative Play Central's Creative play with shape stickers

Childhood 101's Sticker drawings

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18 comments

  1. oh what a cool idea! My kids will LOVE doing this! Pinning so I don't forget!

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    1. Having read your blog for ages, I think your kids would love these too Kate :)

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  2. I love that you had the opportunity to join in and create too. This looks like lots of fun. Thank you so much for including us. Elise at Creative Play Central.

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    1. My pleasure Elise :) I loved your sticker post! It's always nice to sit and make too :)

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  3. Oh, it's official - I definitely need to get an Ed Emberley book! Who knew simple circle stickers could turn into something so lovely?!

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    1. We have a few different ones. This one and his thumbprint ones are our favourites. Thanks for visiting Emma :)

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  4. What an awesome book, I must find a copy :) Thank you so much for including our sticker drawings - we love creating with stickers!

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    1. Definitely worth it Christie. Lots of inspiration :)

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  5. Gorgeous activity. Love the ease of using stickers as well. That looks like a really lovely book. I'll look out for it next trip to the library. Pinning :)

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    1. Thanks Debs :) We've had lots of fun with this. Worth finding a copy. Thanks for sharing too!

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    2. Just letting you know that I'm featuring this idea in this weeks Tuesday Tots over at Learn with Play at Home. Thanks for linking up :)

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    3. Thanks so much for featuring my post xx

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  6. What a clever idea, my daughter loves stickers and would love doing think. We might try it today :)

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    1. Thanks Kylie :) Feel free to share some pictures to my FB page if you want.

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  7. What a fabulous idea! I can't believe these beautiful images are made by children and with simple stickers. Love it. Thank you for the idea.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Kate :) I like how all their work is so different. My ten year old did the peacocks, my eight year old the snowflake and the five year olds just evolved having started out symmetrical then she kept adding stickers to make a picture.

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  8. Cool idea! I think I might borrow it next time we have a mixed age play date. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you :) It was so easy to set-up Danya and each aged child created something quite different.

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