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Geometry in art


Geometric shapes are not only found on paper and in textbooks. In this interdisciplinary art and mathematics activity, children learn shapes through a colorful journey through the world and art. Then, they create their own geometric works with scissors, paper and recyclable materials.

Learning objectives

  • Cultivation of positive attitudes towards mathematics.

  • Recognition of basic geometric shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle).

  • Enhancing students' creativity and imagination.


Suggested age group



75 minutes

Fields in S.T.E.A.M.

  • Mathematics

  • Art


  • Papers (preferably watercolor)

  • Cardboard in various colors (especially partially used in previous crafts).

  • Old plastic straws (recyclable material).

  • Old bottle caps (recyclable material).

  • Glue (preferably liquid).

  • Watercolors and/or markers.



By following the flow of visual material, children learn about geometric shapes, which they are asked to locate in the classroom and images of everyday life.


Then, they identify shapes in art by observing and interpreting artwork with geometric patterns.


Students are asked to create their own shapes using scissors and recyclable materials. For this purpose, you can provide them with any paper or cardboard you have available. It is a good opportunity to utilize material that you have partially used in previous builds. You can also provide them with straws, which they can cut to create sided shapes, as well as old bottle caps for the circles.


Children should work independently, choosing between different materials. It is important that they shape their projects themselves, choosing the size of their shapes and the layout of their projects. Using the supervision material discuss with them the suggested techniques and let them choose the ones they will move. For example, some children can add color or draw with markers, while others cannot.


Allow enough time for all children to present their projects to their classmates. Art is an ideal medium to unlock even the most timid children. What did we think? How did we make it? What do we like about what we created?

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