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Tessellation Colouring

We are excited to introduce a delightful and educational activity: Tessellation Colouring. This free resource, designed for foundation, Year 1, and Year 2 students, is perfect for exploring the fascinating world of tessellation in their geometry maths lessons. You can download this engaging activity by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

What is Tessellation?

Tessellation is the arrangement of shapes closely fitted together in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlaps. It is a concept found in various natural and man-made structures, such as honeycombs, tiled floors, and mosaics. Learning about tessellation helps young students understand spatial relationships, symmetry, and patterns.


Why Use Tessellation Colouring in Your Classroom?

  1. Hands-On Learning:

    • Engages students in active learning by allowing them to colour tessellating patterns.

    • Encourages fine motor skill development through precise colouring activities.

  2. Understanding Geometry:

    • Introduces foundational geometry concepts in a fun and approachable way.

    • Helps students recognize and understand shapes and how they can fit together in patterns.

  3. Creativity and Expression:

    • Provides an outlet for creativity as students choose colours and create unique designs.

    • Encourages artistic expression within a mathematical framework.

  4. Focus and Relaxation:

    • Promotes concentration and mindfulness as students focus on colouring intricate patterns.

    • Offers a calming and enjoyable activity that balances more intensive academic tasks.


How to Use Tessellation Colouring in Your Maths Lessons

  1. Preparation:

    • Download and print the 15-page Tessellation Colouring activity for your students.

    • Provide each student with a set of colouring tools such as crayons, coloured pencils, or markers.

  2. Activity Implementation:

    Introduction to Tessellation:

    • Begin with a short lesson on tessellation. Show examples from nature, art, and architecture.

    • Explain how tessellations are created by repeating shapes without gaps or overlaps.

    Colouring Activity:

    • Distribute the colouring pages to the students. Each page features a different tessellating pattern.

    • Encourage students to colour the patterns, paying attention to how the shapes fit together.

    • Discuss the different shapes used in the tessellations and how they create the overall pattern.

  3. Integration with Other Lessons:

    Geometry and Shape Recognition:

    • Use the colouring activity to reinforce lessons on shape recognition and properties.

    • Discuss the names and attributes of the shapes used in the tessellating patterns.

    Symmetry and Repetition:

    • Highlight concepts of symmetry and repetition found in the tessellating designs.

    • Encourage students to identify lines of symmetry and repeated elements within the patterns.

  4. Classroom Tips:

    Display Student Work:

    • Create a tessellation-themed bulletin board to display students’ coloured patterns.

    • Celebrate their creativity and understanding of tessellation by showcasing their work.

    Collaborative Projects:

    • Have students work together to create large tessellating patterns using different colouring pages.

    • Promote teamwork and collaborative learning through group colouring activities.

    Cross-Curricular Connections:

    • Integrate tessellation colouring into art lessons, exploring the work of artists like M.C. Escher.

    • Connect tessellation activities with science by discussing natural examples, such as honeycombs.


Benefits of Tessellation Colouring

  • Enhances Spatial Awareness: Helps students develop a sense of space and how shapes interact within it.

  • Promotes Creativity: Provides a creative outlet that combines art with mathematical concepts.

  • Encourages Patience and Precision: Teaches students to be patient and precise as they colour intricate patterns.

  • Supports Differentiated Learning: Suitable for a wide range of skill levels, allowing for differentiated instruction.

The Tessellation Colouring activity is a wonderful addition to your maths classroom, providing an engaging way for young students to explore geometry and patterns. Download this free resource today and watch your students enjoy the blend of art and maths while developing their understanding of tessellation.

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