11 December 2009

Pass it on…..

We learned a new game today.  In art!  Do you want us to teach you  how to play?  Well, you need a few friends, each with one long, narrow strip of paper, a paintbrush…..


and some paint.


First, think of a shape that you can paint; it needs to be one that you can repeat, so not too complicated.  A diamond would work really well.


Paint your chosen shape, using your chosen colour, at one end of your strip of paper.  Your friends will all be doing the same with their chosen shape in their chosen colour on their strip of paper.  When everyone has done, say these words, ‘PASS IT ON’ all together, as you pass your strip on to the person on your left.

Then again, paint your chosen shape, using your chosen colour, next to the shape that will already be on the strip you have just been given.


Everybody ready?



And on; and on; and on.  Until you get to the end of the strip of paper.

‘And what next?’ you might ask.  Well, you have probably already spotted a pattern along the strips of paper.  Which started with your shape, and then continued with the shapes from your friends, before making its way back to you for your shape a second time.

But why not take a look at all the strips from all your friends.  How are they the same?  How are they different? 

How many different ways can you arrange them?  Perhaps you can make the patterns line up in columns.


But how about trying to make them line up diagonally?


What about in one long continuous strip?  However you decide to arrange them…..


I am sure you will agree that it is a great game.   So why not  ‘PASS IT ON’ to someone else?

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