Tessellations are repeating shapes that form a pattern without overlapping. Popularized by the famed artist M.C. Escher, these mathematic wonders can help your child to discover concepts that range from geometry to spatial expression.
What You Need:
- Construction paper
- Thin cardboard (try reusing an old cereal or shoe box)
- Tempera paint in two different colors
- Paint palette or washable paint tray
- Thick paint brush
What You Do:
- Ask your child to choose a leaf shape. Keep in mind that in a tessellation there should be no gaps or overlaps, so the shape should be able to fit snugly next to a copy of itself. Have him use a pencil to draw the shape onto the cardboard.
- Cut the leaf out. Repeat to make one more identical leaf shape.
- Pour two different colors of paint onto a palette or washable art tray. Try fall themed shades such as orange, yellow, red, or brown.
- Your child can now dip one of the leaves into one color of paint. Coat the entire side. If needed, he can use a paint brush to coat the leaf completely.
- Press the leaf onto the construction paper to create a print.
- Repeat the painting and printing steps with the second leaf, choosing a different color.
- Press the second leaf onto the paper directly next to the first print.
- Repeat back and forth with the two different colors several times, and then move on to a second, third, or even fourth line.
- Set aside to dry.
Add some fun (and learning) into your list of fall crafts with this nature inspired activity. Your mini-mathematician can get hands-on with some very abstract ideas by creating his own unique leaves for this printing process project.