Have you ever had your students create a mystic rose before? It’s a great way to construct various geometric shapes and let kids play with patterns to create math-based art.
It isn’t difficult to make a mystic rose, and the end product is impressive! Watch the video to learn the steps and also read the directions below.
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Mystic rose directions
First, you will need to get your students to use a compass to draw a circle. Or provide a template for a circle. Next, have your students mark 12 equal sections, as in the picture below.
To create the design students will need to use a sharp pencil or marker. They need to carefully rule in all of the diagonals from each point across the circle. It will look like the pictures below.
When the design is complete have your students answer the following questions:
- Can you identify and name some of the shapes that you can see in the design?
- Can you work out how many diagonals there are altogether? You could give your students a clue that there are 11 from each point.
You can also have your students color the design for display in the classroom. Why not get your students to make other mystic roses with a different number of points, such as 7.
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I never would have thought to have the kids do a mystic rose, and never would have been able to figure out how to make one without this tutorial. Thank you! My kids will love this math activity.
Thanks so much for your comment and I’m glad the tutorial was useful. I hope your kids enjoy creating different magic roses, they look great when they’re finished.