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
- 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!