Here’s a great collection of fun and creative math lessons about circles for all ages. We’re using art, play, and hands-on activities to learn all about these shapes.
Fun and creative math lessons about circles
This collection of math lessons about circles uses art, play, and hands-on activities to explore the properties of circles.
The activities range from simple introductions to circles for young children through to explorations of 2d and 3d shapes, symmetry, and pi.
They all use basic materials you’ll have on hand and are engaging lessons that your children will love.
As an introduction to shapes, to introduce vocabulary and the basic differences between circles, squares, and triangles you can turn children’s art into a shape mobile.
Go on a shape hunt around your house and see how many circles you can find – these printable magnifying glasses will help you hunt!
Use these shape printables to count the number of sides circles and other shapes have, and set up a shape jigsaw.
Count and compare the number of sides shapes have with these shape matching cards.
Trace, draw, and doodle with circles with this shape art printable.
This shape guessing game gets children thinking about the differences between circles and other shapes and using mathematical language to describe them.
Explore how circles move with these printables spinning tops.
Take an art history lesson and paint circles like Kandinksy. This lesson includes the concepts of size, concentric circles, and colour theory.
In my Sunflower School unit we use sunflowers to explore aspects relating to circles including size, diameter, circumference, and lateral and radial symmetry. See more and download your copy of the complete unit here.
My Art of Circles unit is packed with activities based on circles including:
- Why circles are so important, through history and culture
- The math of circles: circles, spheres, circumference, diameter, radius, chord, segment, semi circle, sector, quadrant, concentric, and line and radial symmetry
- Famous art featuring circles including discussion questions: Stonehenge, Kandinsky, Beyer, Kidner, Hirst, Long, and Louekari
- Famous circle quotes
- Hands-on art-and-math project: large-scale oil pastel circles exploring 2d, pattern, and size
- Hands-on art-and-math project: turning circles into spheres exploring 2d and 3d, pattern, symmetry, and concentric circles
- Hands-on art-and-math project: fraction suncatchers exploring fractions, repeating patterns, counting, and skip counting
- Hands-on art-and-math project: how to make a circle book
- Reading list of books about circles
- Five bonus projects: shell mandalas, flower mandalas, introduction to Pi, printing 2D from 3D, circle of the year calendar project
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