“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” – M. C. Escher
No, this isn’t a trick question, just one of the many random sayings of artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, the man whose work was based on – math! Yes, Escher used concepts like symmetry, reflections, perspective and of course, tessellations. And that’s what we’re going to focus on today – some cool tessellation projects for kids!
What are Tessellations?
A tessellation is a combination of shapes that fit together perfectly without any gaps., much like a jigsaw puzzle. The result is a symmetric design of repeating patterns, which may feature animals, persons or anything else. Brick walls, tiled floors and the honeycomb pattern in bee hives are all tessellations. Some famous tessellations can also be found on historical buildings.
Well, now that we know what tessellations are, how about putting our newfound knowledge into practice and try some cool projects? Here is a collection of fun tessellation projects for kids to play and have fun with!
11 Fun Tessellation Projects for Kids
Got a lot of paint chips lying around? Then this paint chip greeting card from Chica and Jo is a great way to put your tessellating skills into practice! Do remember that tessellations require identical shapes to be repeated, so when cutting out your paint chips, make sure they’re the same size and shape although you can go crazy with the colors.
11. Tessellation Art by students of ArtsyCraftsyOnline
We first saw these gorgeous artworks on Kanchan Yadav’s facebook page ArtsyCraftsyOnline. Kanchan Yadav is the founder of “Artsy Craftsy”, an art training enterprise for working professionals especially ladies who want to revive their long lost love for painting.
- Let the kids draw squares of the same size, either free hand or using measurements.
- Guide them to draw shapes in each box so the edges of the shape fit into each other. Outline with black permanent marker.
- Now choose two contrasting colors and fill them in the shapes, alternating colors.
- For younger kids (below 5 years) shapes can be cut from colored origami sheets and then stuck next to each other without leaving any space.