When I was in year 8, I remember going on an art trip to see an exhibition on tessellation. It was absolutely fascinating, especially Escher’s lizard tessellation. I’ve always loved repeating patterns, but the intricate details of these more complex patterns were something else. Fast forward 20 years, sigh, and I thought it would be fun to create a tessellation busy bag for EC and YC. They are both really into exploring different art forms at the moment, so hopefully this will be right up their ally.

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To make your own tessellation busy bag you will need:

I’ve made a tessellation pdf for you to download and cut out.

Just in case you were wondering what tessellation is, it is “an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, especially of polygons in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping”.

tessellation busy bag

There are a few ways that you could do this busy bag. You can either make stencils, using the pdf, and let them draw around them. Or you could print out a few copies of the pdf, cut them out, and create your own jigsaw. Your little ones can then colour each of the pieces in.

If you enjoyed this tessellation busy bag then be sure to check out my zentangles busy bag and glue gun rubbings busy bag.

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Create a tessellation busy bag for children to design and create with.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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