Package 4 - Year 1 and 2 Mathematics - Sponge art transformations (from Youcubed)

In this task your child will create a painting while investigating flips, slides and turns.

Week 4 - Package 4 - Year 1 and 2 Mathematics - Sponge art transformations (from Youcubed)

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

Ideal

  • Watch the video Sponge art transformations

  • Plain paper

  • Kitchen sponge (old or new)

  • Paint in different colours

  • Containers for the paint

  • Plastic gloves and clothes covering (you may get paint on you)

  • Plastic table covering

  • Scissors

  • Grid paper (optional)

Back up

  • Card from old packages or boxes

  • Paper or card from old packages or boxes, lids, cut potato stamps.

  • Paper plates

  • An old shirt you don’t mind getting paint on

  • Cut up plastic bag laid flat on a table

Before you start

This task comes from YouCubed at Stanford University. Watch the video Sponge art transformations

  • Set up your equipment.

Image of how to set up for sponge art activity. It shows a tube of green paint, a plasctic lid with green paint squeezed onto it,  2 sponges and a blank piece of paper.

What your child needs to know and do

Students will be exploring ideas around the movement of shapes. We use words like ‘translate’, ‘rotate’ and ‘reflect’ to describe these movements.

  • Translate is when a shape moves position without turning (sliding).

  • Reflect is when a shape is flipped (flip).

  • Rotate is when a shape is turned, like it has a pin through its centre (turn).

What to do next

Talk to the child about the different shapes you could make and allow them to make a range of different shapes. Then, get creating!

  1. Try making prints of the shape by ‘translating’ (sliding) a two-dimensional shape.

Image of sponge art activity. Green paint has been used on a sponge to create a print of 4 squares side by side on a piece of paper.

  1. You can also try reflecting (flipping)

Image of sponge art activity. A triangle shaped sponge dipped in green paint has been used to create 5 triangular shapes on a white piece of paper.

  1. You can also try rotating (turning)

Image of sponge art activity. A square and a triangular shaped sponge have been dipped in green paint and pressed onto white paper. There are 4 square shapes at the top. There are  4 triangular shapes fanning out from a central point.

Have fun making some art using your maths skills!

You can upload a picture of your painting to Geogebra to explore different transformations!

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Talk about the shapes and try to create a tessellation (where the shapes dovetail without any gaps).

Activity too easy?

Create the artwork on grid paper and discuss the language of transformations (flip, slide, turn) on the coordinate grid. by creating your sponge art on grid paper. Consider using a variety of grids – squares, triangles, or even hexagons!

Extension/additional activity

Use a variety of grids (squares, triangles or even hexagons), to create the sponge art and discuss the language of transformations.

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