Activities at Home

Geo-Art

Here's your chance to find out if you have a budding “geo-artist”!

What You Need:

  • Photos from a newspaper
  • Markers and colored pencils or crayons
  • Tracing paper
  • Access to a copy machine

What You and Your Child Will Do:

  1. Together with your child, look through the newspaper for large, complex photographs. Cut out a few such photos and copy them. (If you don't have access to a copying machine, mount the cutout photos on a sheet of paper.) It is desirable to enlarge these photos as much as possible so that it is easier for your child to discern among the different shapes.
  2. Help your child scrutinize one of the photos for objects and/or parts of objects that contain geometric shapes, such as rectangles, triangles, and circles. Place a piece of tracing paper over one of the photographs. Have the child use a marker to outline each of the shapes. When doing this step, it is important to review with your child the different qualities of each geometric figure. For example, discuss with your child that a square has 4 right angles, 4 sides of equal length, opposite sides parallel, etc.



  3. Now tell your child to fill in each of the geometric outlines with either colored pencil or crayon.
  4. Finally, suggest that your child draw line segments to connect some of the shapes. He or she may then color in the regions formed by the line segments.
  5. If the original photo has not been colored, hold it up against your child's geo-art. Help the child to compare each aspect of the abstract geo-art with the original.

More to Do:

Let your child work alone to create more newspaper geo-art using the other photos. Talk about each of your child's creative works and help him or her compare each to the original.