Just last week my 5th graders finished up a 3 week project. The results were fabulous!!!
Using the idea of symmetry, my 5th graders found the middle of a 12 inch white paper square and made a plus mark indicating the center. From there we started folding our paper and gluing, repeating each folded paper 4 times to create symmetry. I've seen similar projects like this before and the fold is described as a dart, my students described it as an upside down paper airplane. I can see the reason why they said this. The idea is that each folded paper can fit inside another.
I did not make my students stack the colored papers inside each other. I allowed them to have creative freedom as long as their designs showed symmetry. I "borrowed" colored copy paper from the office for this project because it is thinner and allows for easier, tighter folds. Plus, they have a variety of bright and bold colors I knew the students would love. Each colored square is 3 inches.
I love how each one is a little different but still is great!
Here are some results: