Friday, June 5, 2015

Make Fun and Colorful Number Chart Sticker Math Art

When I was a kid, I loved learning about patterns.  There was something super thrilling about being able to predict what came next.  Today I'm sharing a colorful STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Activity that combines my love of patterns, color, and math!  We're making some groovy Number Chart Art!  This activity is the perfect way for kids to practice number recognition, pattern-making, multiplication, addition, and subtraction... while making some beautiful artwork too!

Let's make Number Chart Art! 

Number Chart Art- Practice number recognition, patterns, addition, subtraction, and multiplication all while making beautiful works of art!
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To do this activity, you'll need Circle Stickers  and my printable 1-25 Number Chart .

(I designed this chart up to 25 because I did the activity out with my preschooler. He loved it!   You can certainly make the numbers go higher too.  Also, the squares are made to fit 3/4" circle stickers. Each square is 0.85".)

How to do Number Chart Art

Here's how you make Number Chart Art with kids of ALL ages and abilities!

Find the Number 

This is how my preschooler did the activity.  I handed him an assortment of stickers.  Then, I named random numbers and he placed stickers on them.  After I named all the numbers, a lovely, colorful piece of art emerged.

Recreate a picture

To do this activity, you'll have to design a picture (with colors) beforehand.  Then, help the child to recreate the picture by telling him/her to place certain colors on certain numbers.  When he/she is done, an image should appear!  (You can see more examples of this Number Chart Art Activity here.) 

Greater or less than + Name the Rule

Have a child create their own designs using the  > and < concept.  For example, for numbers  > than x, use one color.  Or, for numbers < than x, use another color.  When you're done, have someone else try to guess the rule that was followed!

Make a Pattern / Find Multiples + Name the Rule

This was my favorite way to create Number Chart Art.  Tell your child to use stickers to create a pattern (ABABAB, ABCDABCD, etc) or place colors on multiples of numbers (like multiples of 2, or 3, or 4).  Once they've completed their art, have another child (or yourself) guess what rule they used to create their artwork!


Do any combination of the above!   (Or, I'm sure you can think of making math art another way!)

Here are some of the many ways that we created our very own Number Chart Art!

Let's Make Number Chart Art-  Combine math and art with this fun activity!  Your child will practice number recognition, addition, subtraction, patterns, and multiplication

Can you guess the rules I used to create this artwork?

Fun Kids Math and Art Activity- Help your child practice their math skills while making beautiful works of art!

  1. Yellow for all the numbers < 8, Orange for numbers 8-13, and Pink for numbers > 13
  2. Yellow for numbers < 10, Orange for numbers > 9, Small blue for odd numbers, Small green for multiples of 3, Small white for multiples of 4
  3. Pink for any numbers that end in 1, 2, or 3; Orange for numbers ending in 8, 9, 10; Small Yellow for any numbers ending in 4, 5, 6, 7
  4. Alternating red and blue pattern, Small Yellow on multiples of 3

Can you guess the rules I used to create this artwork?

Easy Number Chart Art- A colorful and fun way to combine math and art

  1. Pink for multiples of 5, Green for everything else
  2. Repeat red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink pattern (which also means that each color is always +6 from the next!)
  3. Christmas tree picture (Place greens, blues, yellows, and star on certain numbers)
  4. Pretty Design (Place reds, yellows, and blues on certain numbers to create a certain design)

We really enjoyed trying this activity out as a family! (It's amazing how relaxing finding multiples of numbers can be!)  Sometimes math gets a bad rap for being boring and methodical.  But I think this activity really shows the relationship between numbers in a beautiful and colorful way!

If you liked this activity, check out these other fun STEAM activities!

School's out! But that doesn't mean that learning, curiosity, and creativity should stop!  Today's post is part of a 5 weeks of STEAM Summer Camp Series.  Woot woot!  While I love doing art and crafts, I also believe in the power of being curious and using creativity to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics too!  Each Friday for the next 5 weeks, several STEAM-loving kid bloggers and I will share easy and fun ways to explore your 5 senses with kids!  This week's theme was sight  and here are some other fabulous ideas for exploring this sense! 

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Happy making, friends!