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.
Watch the video Sponge art transformations
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
Grid paper (optional)
Card from old packages or boxes
Paper or card from old packages or boxes, lids, cut potato stamps.
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.
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!
Try making prints of the shape by ‘translating’ (sliding) a two-dimensional shape.
You can also try reflecting (flipping)
You can also try rotating (turning)
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!
Use a variety of grids (squares, triangles or even hexagons), to create the sponge art and discuss the language of transformations.