MY BIRTHDAY NUMBER – Texture, Pattern, Contrast

Students use aluminum foil tape, markers and coloured pencils to create a number design filled with patterns and information about their birthday number.

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MY BIRTHDAY NUMBER – Texture, Pattern, Contrast


  • Crayola Coloured Pencils
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper
  • Crayola Sketchbooks - 1 per student
  • Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Aluminum Foil Tape
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Follow the steps in the Exploring Aluminum Tape lesson plan available on this website to experiment with different ways to make marks on the aluminum foil tape.
Step 2
  1. Tape some aluminum foil to the paper.
  2. Do not cover the whole paper.
  3. Use a dull pencil to draw your birthday number into the foil.
  4. Draw lines to divide up the space around the number.
  5. Create patterns in the spaces.
Step 3
  1. Extend the lines of your foil design onto the paper.
  2. Fill each space with colour and patterns.
  3. Include expressions and facts about your number.
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