Monday, May 9, 2011

Paint by Number Geometric Shapes

1st grade students worked on their math skills as they learned how to create their own paint by number. I was excited to introduce this younger generation to something I loved to do as a kid, PAINT BY NUMBER!

The visual art objective for this lesson was to identify and create six new geometric shapes. Last year in Kindergarten student learned what a circle, triangle, oval, square and rectangle was. These shapes were reviewed first. In first grade they studied a pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, parallelogram and hexagon.

The math part of this lesson was to demonstrate the knowledge of even and odd numbers. Other skills that were used in this project was how to create a grid and use a ruler to do so.

The kids drew a grid on their paper and then then a large shape. There were instructed that on the inside of the shape they were to put a even number. On the outside of the shape, they had to place odd numbers in each grid space.

The next day the kids were asked to use the correct colors for each number. They loved the challenge.

As you can see the room was cleared of chairs while the kids were moving around finding their colors. It was a fun day!


  1. FUn idea! Might have to try this with 1st graders!

  2. I love this idea! Did you have two numbers on each table, or just one? I noticed in the pictures, there is one number on the tube, but two colors on the tray, so I wanted to see how you set it up! Thanks!