TINY TETRAHEDRONS – Geometry, Pattern, Balance

Students create small sculptures using tiny, marker painted tetrahedrons they have built with nets.

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TINY TETRAHEDRONS – Geometry, Pattern, Balance


  • Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola White Glue
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Water Containers
  • Plastic Container Lids for Palettes
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Draw marker ink on a plastic lid.
  2. Dip the paintbrush in water.
  3. Don't get it too wet.
  4. Pick up the marker ink with the wet paintbrush.
  5. Paint different patterns and colours on each face of the tetrahedron.
Step 2
  1. Carefully cut out each painted net.
Step 3
  1. Glue the net together.
  2. Use a toothpick to apply pressure from inside the net by gently placing it into a vertex and pushing the outside edge against the toothpick.
  3. Make at least 6 tetrahedrons.
Step 4
  1. Start gluing your tiny tetrahedrons together to make a stable, balanced sculpture.
  2. Put a small amount of Crayola Washable Glue on the end of a tetrahedron and hold it in place for a few seconds until it sticks.
  3. Look at your sculpture from all directions to see how the spaces and shapes move your eye around and through the whole piece.
  4. Make sure it can stand on its own.
Step 5
  1. Give your sculpture a title.
  2. Write the title on a card and place it with the sculpture.
  3. Place all the sculptures on a table so they are part of the group, but still have their own space.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Science,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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