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Party Hat Symmetry

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    Children's Museum Of Houston

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Party Hat Symmetry

In this hands-on activity, learners make New Year's Eve party hats out of wrapping paper. Learners use symmetry and measurement to cut out shapes they need to assemble the hats. In a related video, Mr. O and his assistants explain how to make the party hats using rotational symmetry. Learners can watch this video before creating their hats.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen/pencil
  • Stapler


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, ©2011

Funding Source:

  • Region's Bank

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