Colorful Shape Patterns

This clever math activity (working with shapes!) doubles as a beautiful work of art that kids will be excited to bring home.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2

Complement a lesson on geometry and shapes with this creative and fun, not to mention easy-to-make, activity.







What You Need:

  • Construction paper (in five colors)
  • Paper-folding template, available for download
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Cardboard (for backing)

What You Do:

  • Before class, cut construction paper into 1½"-wide strips. Have students fold and crease the strips to form triangles, squares, and trapezoids. For folding suggestions, download the template.
  • Students should cut their shapes out and sort them by shape and/or color. Have them choose one as the “starter shape.” They can experiment with building out from it—what kinds of patterns can they make? 
  • Once students have chosen a design, have them glue down the starter shape on cardboard backing.
  • They should continue to glue their design from the center outward. When finished, display the finished products at school or send them home!



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