Tessellating Tiles

Hello children and families. This is the second of two activities this week and it’s all about the tessellating patterns. Tessellating patterns are made by using shapes (tiles) that fit together without any gaps. Some very sophisticated maths underpinned the development of tessellations in 13th Century Islamic culture. Not only is this form of art really pleasing to look at but the logical way that the parts fit together is believed to reflect the underlying order found in nature.

The intention in including this activity is to celebrate the Muslim month of Ramadan which began on 23rd April. For further information on Ramadan, you could also view this short clip from BBC Newsround.

Resourcing is key for this task as we want you to be able to manipulate (preferably physically) the tiles to explore the shapes that can be created. If cutting out your tiles is going to be too difficult (or you don’t have the right equipment) you could try using tiles or cards (of the correct shape) from table top games. You could use an online manipulative such as Mathsbot’s ‘Pattern Blocks‘ if you have no other options

To make your own tiles, you could cut up a cereal box or some other thin card. The size of the squares is not important but they need to be roughly identical and they need relatively accurate right angles in their corners. You will need 5 squares.

Download or view the file below for instructions on how to complete the task.