Looking for something exciting to do today? How about tessellations? Tesse-what, you say? Tessellations are geometric designs that look like pictures. The most famous artist using these types of designs was a man named M.C.Escher. Check out these:
The official Escher website has lots more if you like these.
Making your own tessellations is actually really easy. Here’s what to do:
Now, starting at one corner of your larger drawing paper, trace your shape. (If you’re trying a triangle, you might want to start in the middle because you’ll be turning your shape instead of sliding it.)
Then slide your shape until the cut edges match and trace it again. Keep going until you have filled the paper with interconnected tracings of your designs. Tada! You’ve created a tessellation!
Send the math fairy your tessellations and we’ll start building our own tessellation gallery right here!
Have fun with math every day!