The Insets for Design - Exercise 2


When the child is doing the work reasonably well, the teacher can show him how to make symmetrical designs. She takes a frame, e.g., the curved triangle, a piece of the colored paper and some colored pencils to the child's table. She covers the paper exactly with the frame. She takes a pencil and draws the curved triangle. She then turns the frame, in this case, 180 degrees, covers the paper again and draws the curved triangle. She removes the frame and lets the child look at the resulting design.

The design can be filled in with any color scheme the child likes, e.g., the middle can be in one color and each of the outside shapes in another. The child must not use the same color for two adjacent sections of the designs. The child can take any shape to use in this way. Some shapes, for example, the rectangle, should be rotated only 90 degrees.
After a period of time, the teacher can introduce new variations to the child. The following exercises are examples of variations which can be introduced.