Imagine you’re in a clothing store full of many different patterned coats. Which patterns do you most easily recognize? Polka dot, stripes, houndstooth, argyle, plaid? What about any tessellation patterns? Tessellation may be a big word, but it’s really just the manipulation of polygons into a pattern with no gaps or overlaps.
Let’s start by making a Regular Tessellation, which is made with only one polygon in an interlocking, repeating pattern.
Once you’ve created your Regular Tessellation, cut out a few different polygons to try your hand at a semi-regular tessellation. If you’re feeling extra bold and creative, try the non-regular tessellation! Remember: with a non-regular tessellation, you can use any polygon from your imagination, as long as you can fit it together interlockingly with no gaps or overlaps. This is a fun mathematical brain challenge and all you need is scissors, paper, colors, and your brain!
The source for all of this great information is an eBook available through Hoopla, Cool Tessellations by Anders Hanson and Elissa Mann. Check it out and keep the learning and fun going with a glossary of terms, beautiful tessellation examples, and increasingly challenging projects, like making tessellations in 3-D!
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