Activity:

Make a Sweet Symmetry Treat

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What You Need:

  • Small tortillas, at room temperature
  • Cooking spray
  • Powdered sugar
  • Kitchen shears
  • Cookie sheet

What You Do:

  1. Gently fold a tortilla in half. Do not crease, as this can tear the tortilla.
  2. Have your child use a pair of clean kitchen shears to cut shapes on the fold. Challenge her to create certain shapes, such as hearts. Remind her that she will only need to cut half of the symmetrical shape to create it on folded material because she is cutting on the line of symmetry.
  3. Gently open the tortilla to check the symmetrical shape. If necessary, refold the tortilla to add more cuts and snips as desired.
  4. Now it's time to turn symmetry practice into a sweet treat. Spray both sides of the tortilla with cooking spray, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees in a preheated oven for a few minutes until light golden brown. (Note: Cook longer for a crispy tortilla; shorten cooking time for a softer tortilla.)
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle immediately with powdered sugar. Now enjoy eating your sweet symmetry treat!

Note: For some varied holiday fun try making Symmetrical Valentine Tortillas, a Shamrock Tortilla for St. Patrick's Day, a Star Tortilla on Independence Day, and a Snowflake or Christmas Tree Tortilla in December.

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