Repeating patterns 4


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We made these fabric squares in year 3 last week. It was the final phase of our work on repeating patterns. Hanging them up as part of our classroom displays has made the room look very festive!
We made the printing blocks by drawing card templates then cutting the blocks out of neoprene foam and sticking them onto thick, folded cardboard.

The work on patterns has been good fun. It stared with maths patterns, then Mhindi hands.

Then we moved on to printing patterns using bought blocks.

If you want to see the rest of the children’s designs here’s a link to a Flickr Slideshow of the whole project.


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4 thoughts on “Repeating patterns

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  • Linda

    Thanks Aaron and Moira. I’ll try to find a copy of the book – sounds good!

  • Moira Black

    When I did a lot of IT in primary school we did printing using art software. It’s a few years ago now but they did a design then used it as a stamp. The results were very good and the kids enjoyed it. The down side is it used a lot of coloured ink!

  • Aaron Smith

    Very nice! I’ve done lots of pattern lessons myself, especially because 3rd graders in my district read a story called The Talking Cloth by Rhonda Mitchell. The “talking” cloth in the book is actually a type of cloth called adinkra, which is covered in stamps that represent different things. Adinkra is a tradition that comes from Ghana, which also makes it a good lesson for Black History Month since some of my students are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants from Ghana.

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