Tessellations are pretty difficult to do and can get complicated quickly. I recommend keeping it simple and don’t worry too much about it fitting together perfectly. This is a great project for preschoolers up. (This will mostly be about cutting and pasting for the preschoolers…but that is just as valuable.)


Colored construction paper




1. Fold your paper in half and half again to make a small square.

2. Sketch out a simple design (shapes or animals work well.)

3. Cut the shapes out carefully.

4. Unfold the paper and trim up any uneven edges. Glue the paper to another (different color) paper.

5. Glue the cut-outs onto the page to complete the design. Embellish with a pen if you desire.