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The Mathematics of Festive Crafts | Creative STAR Learning

The run-up to the end of this expression is commonly a busy event. In involving the events and performances, there’s plenty going on. It also suggests that utilizing the festive prospects to recap and assessment operate carried out earlier can be just one way of functioning a minor smarter. So, with this in thoughts, I assumed I would illustrate the options of mother nature craft actions as a way of enterprise some practical maths.

At this stage I want to tell you that this concept was influenced by the wonderful pictures in this write-up. They are not mine but the function of Lily Rowe-Horseman of Kindling. On her Fb and Pinterest pages she has other illustrations of inventive artwork, a lot of of which are nature-based or can be undertaken outdoors.

Twig decorations

In the picture over, Lily produced these rustic snowflakes. They are a lovely technological innovation challenge involving hot glue guns and endurance. It is also an prospect to evaluation ideas all-around symmetry – together one or extra axis or even rotational symmetry. A attainable follow-up investigation is to see if the quantity of angles in the snowflake is immediately connected to its rotational symmetry….

Star twigs

Creating stars is a common action. Utilizing sticks to do this produces superb maths challenges. The to start with is to find 5 straight-ish sticks of the similar length (or six, if you determine to make the Star of David). Subsequent is performing out how to weave these jointly.  The final undertaking is to perform out how to lash the sticks with each other so that the star does not tumble aside. With youthful small children using elastic bands may be easier. A very good extension of this activity is to obstacle older kids to attract a five-pointed star devoid of lifting their pencil off the paper. This can also be accomplished outside with a adhere drawing in mud, sand or snow. From here, the youngsters can use extended willow stems which may possibly be accessible right after pruning a willow framework. The young children have to function out how to evaluate the willow stem properly and to fold it so that it generates a star devoid of the need for it to be cut.

Bracken wreaths

The wreaths in the previously mentioned pics have been created from useless bracken which seems to make a quite great base for sticking leaves and other pure objects into. This can be utilized to take a look at of revise elements of sample get the job done. For example, can we produce a translating pattern? How about a pattern with vertical reflective symmetry? Are there illustrations of spiralling designs we can make by weaving or sticking objects into the wreath?


Earlier I have blogged about berries on wire. Rosehips are continue to present in my backyard garden and these do the job nicely for this exercise. I considered small children may well delight in producing easy maths challenges based upon threading berries on to wire. For case in point, how a lot of distinct wreath shapes can be produced with 18 berries? Does this improve if you use 24 berries or 30 berries? Don’t forget there have to normally be a gap in the center with a wreath.

Leaf Xmas Trees

Finally, I had to clearly show off the fantastic leafy trees established by youngsters attending a Forest Faculty session run by Alex Douglas-Kane, who has kindly allowed me to put up the photograph previously mentioned. This collecting activity is a minor much more demanding than its very first physical appearance. The kids utilised a adhere on to which they threaded the leaves. Nonetheless care had to be taken to make certain the leaves turned progressively smaller sized as they were being stacked on top rated of just about every other. Choices had to be created about the leaf colors and sizes and the full process involved ongoing estimation of size. Many thanks Alex!

This weblog publish was originally posted in December 2013.

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