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Mathematics and Art – Week One

9 January, 2014

This term (term one plus our “pre term” period) we are focusing our art activities on mathematical concepts. I’m hoping to post each week about what we have done, partly because it is hard to find activities that are both artistic and mathematical, even though there is plenty of maths involved in art.

This week we did some basic fractions practice with activities from Ed Emberley’s website based on his book Picture Pie. We didn’t have the book to look at, although that would have been great, we just used the three activities on the site, and then branched out into our own art.


The first activity we did was the bird. You only need one circle to make this bird, although it looks better if you use at least two colours.


We then made dogs, which require four circles (although there are spare pieces left) despite the activity page saying they require two circles.


Next, we made tulips, with or without butterflies next to them. The tulips were made with two circles and the butterflies can be made with one or half a circle, depending on your preference and design.


Finally, we had a “free” art time where we could make designs with any of the remaining circles. There were a lot of creative juices flowing and a lot of imagination.





I completed this activity with four children ranging from 3.5 to 10.5 years of age. Although the older two have well and truly covered basic fractions like halves and quarters, it was a good reinforcement for them to manipulate them and visualise how the fractions fit together. We also discussed what half of a quarter would be, which is laying the foundations for multiplying fractions in the future.

A simple, fun art activity requiring paper, glue, permanent marker (to add simple details like eyes) and a bit of preparation time to cut out the circles in advance.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Angie Tester permalink
    11 January, 2014 9:08 pm

    Hi Liz

    This looks good. And a good idea to have a fun way to learn or revise fractions. Lovely photo of your kids, especially your youngest – very cute.

    You’ve done well with your Australian history studies as well. Good job. We don’t have the historical places to visit in Darwin as you get access to. Have a great 2014!

    Angie Tester (angiet on Aussiehomeschool)

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