The Mathematics of Festive Crafts | Creative STAR Learning

The operate-up to the end of this time period is normally a hectic celebration. In involving the get-togethers and performances, there is plenty likely on. It also indicates that utilizing the festive prospects to recap and evaluation function undertaken previously can be a person way of operating a very little smarter. So, with this in head, I assumed I would illustrate the choices of mother nature craft pursuits as a way of endeavor some realistic maths.

At this stage I need to have to tell you that this strategy was influenced by the amazing pics in this submit. They are not mine but the do the job of Lily Rowe-Horseman of Kindling. On her Facebook and Pinterest pages she has other illustrations of inventive artwork, many of which are mother nature-based or can be undertaken outside.

Twig decorations

In the photograph above, Lily created these rustic snowflakes. They are a pretty engineering task involving sizzling glue guns and endurance. It is also an possibility to overview principles all-around symmetry – along one particular or much more axis or even rotational symmetry. A possible observe-up investigation is to see if the number of angles in the snowflake is immediately connected to its rotational symmetry….

Star twigs

Creating stars is a well-known exercise. Employing sticks to do this makes great maths issues. The to start with is to come across 5 straight-ish sticks of the same size (or 6, if you decide to make the Star of David). Up coming is doing the job out how to weave these collectively.  The remaining task is to do the job out how to lash the sticks jointly so that the star does not fall apart. With youthful young children using elastic bands could be less complicated. A great extension of this exercise is to problem older young children to attract a five-pointed star without having lifting their pencil off the paper. This can also be performed outdoors with a stick drawing in mud, sand or snow. From here, the kids can use very long willow stems which could be available soon after pruning a willow structure. The little ones have to operate out how to measure the willow stem precisely and to fold it so that it results in a star with out the need for it to be lower.

Bracken wreaths

The wreaths in the higher than pics have been made from useless bracken which seems to make a quite fantastic foundation for sticking leaves and other organic objects into. This can be utilised to investigate of revise aspects of pattern work. For instance, can we make a translating pattern? How about a sample with vertical reflective symmetry? Are there illustrations of spiralling styles we can develop by weaving or sticking objects into the wreath?


Beforehand I’ve blogged about berries on wire. Rosehips are still existing in my backyard garden and these get the job done nicely for this activity. I imagined little ones may possibly get pleasure from building easy maths problems primarily based on threading berries onto wire. For case in point, how quite a few various wreath designs can be designed with 18 berries? Does this transform if you use 24 berries or 30 berries? Keep in mind there must usually be a hole in the center with a wreath.

Leaf Xmas Trees

Last but not least, I had to demonstrate off the great leafy trees produced by youngsters attending a Forest School session operate by Alex Douglas-Kane, who has kindly permitted me to article the photograph higher than. This gathering activity is a minor additional challenging than its initially look. The children utilised a stick onto which they threaded the leaves. However treatment had to be taken to assure the leaves turned progressively smaller as they have been stacked on major of each individual other. Choices had to be produced about the leaf colours and sizes and the total undertaking included ongoing estimation of measurement. Many thanks Alex!

This web site publish was originally posted in December 2013.

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