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Text Making maths: Rangoli designs

TLF ID M013657

This resource is a web page containing an activity about symmetrical patterns that are used to decorate traditional Indian clothing and architecture. The patterns contain line and/or rotational symmetry. Students can examine the patterns and identify the type of symmetry present in each one. This resource is one of a series of activities from the NRICH collection.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the content descriptions in the years 3 and 4 mathematics curriculum about identifying symmetry in the environment and creating symmetrical patterns and pictures. The designs present decorative examples of line and rotational symmetry, and can be used for identifying different types of symmetry. Students can use these designs as a starting point for generating their own patterns.
  • This resource is also relevant to the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority, particularly regarding the organising idea about the arts of Asia and their influence on aesthetic and creative pursuits. The motifs of these traditional Indian designs can be used as examples of patterns where different types of symmetry can be identified and to provide stimulus material for creating symmetrical patterns.
Year level

3; 4

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: NRICH\, University of Cambridge
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  • Name: NRICH\, University of Cambridge
  • Organization: NRICH\, University of Cambridge
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
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