SIERPINSKI TRIANGLE – Fractals, Colour Schemes, Repetition

Students follow written instructions to draw a Sierpinski triangle and use markers to colour it in a colour scheme of their choice.

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SIERPINSKI TRIANGLE – Fractals, Colour Schemes, Repetition


  • Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Rulers - 1 per student
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Bristol Board - 50.8 cm x 76.2 cm (20" x 30") - 1 per 6 students


Step 1
  1. Follow the instructions on the How to Make a Sierpinski Triangle worksheet to draw a Sierpinski triangle. (Downloads - Sierpinski.pdf)
  2. Keep making smaller and smaller triangles as many times as you like.
  3. Be sure to measure carefully.
Step 2
  1. View the colour wheel available on this website to figure out a colour scheme you like.
    - Complementary - colours opposite each other on the colour wheel, e.g., red and green; yellow and violet; blue and orange
    - Analogous - colours beside each other on the colour wheel, e.g., yellow, yellow-orange, and orange; red, red-violet, and blue; blue, blue-green, and green
    - Triad - 3 colours evenly spaced around the colour wheel, e.g., green, orange, and violet; yellow, red, and blue; blue-green, yellow-orange, and red-violet

Step 3
  1. Use markers to colour your triangle.
Step 4
  1. Carefully cut out the triangle.
Step 5
  1. Join your triangle with 5 others.
  2. Notice how the triangle pattern can keep growing and growing.
  3. A never-ending pattern like this is a fractal.
Illustrated Crayon Character