One of my favorite tessellation projects for kids is an interlocking bird. I learned the hard way how easily shapes can get flopped, so I came up with the numbering system.
For another option, see my Fish Tessellation art project.
- Drawing paper
- Card stock or chipboard square, 3″
- Masking tape
- Black marker
- Give each student a 3″ (or larger) square of heavy card stock paper, scissors, tape, and drawing paper.
- Make a diagram on a board that follows the steps illustrated.
- Number the corners as shown.
- Cut the bottom two corners off and move up to the top. With edges “kissing” and not overlapping, tape in place. The numbers are to stay right reading.
- The students draw a triangle on the back side, label “H” for head, and move to the right top and tape in place to make a bird shape.
- Using the bird as a tracing template, they align it with the side of a drawing paper, and trace one stacking column. If they move the bird to the right and interlock the head shapes, they can make another column that interlocks with the first.
- Continue tracing columns until paper is filled.
- Pencil lines are traced with a marker and the shapes are colored in. This artwork uses crayon, but painting would look very nice too.