Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at
these examples and then try some for yourself.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design.
Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two
different types of triangle?
What mathematical words can be used to describe this floor
covering? How many different shapes can you see inside this
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five
square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can
What is the same and what is different about these tiling patterns and how do they contribute to the floor as a whole?
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these
tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the
paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles
Suggestions for teachers about exploring maths in different
contexts: art, history and so on
Have you ever noticed how mathematical ideas are often used in patterns that we see all around us? This article describes the life of Escher who was a passionate believer that maths and art can be. . . .
An environment that enables you to investigate tessellations of
This article describes the scope for practical exploration of tessellations both in and out of the classroom. It seems a golden opportunity to link art with maths, allowing the creative side of your. . . .
This article explores the links between maths, art and history, and
suggests investigations that are enjoyable as well as challenging.