You’ve arrived here because your child recently took part in a mathematics workshop about patterns and shapes called fractals. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of fractals before, this page is made to help you talk to your child about the workshop and deepen their learning by giving you some questions you can ask them (and some answers too!).
Ask your child…
What do you remember about the maths workshop you had today?
They might remember:
- that we were looking at self-similar patterns in nature, for example in snowflakes, trees, and plants.
- that we drew two of our own self-similar patterns – the Koch Curve and a Sierpinski triangle.
- that mathematicians call these patterns fractals.
- that we asked them to draw their own Sierpinski triangle and upload it to this website to go in our gallery (you can do this at the bottom of this page)
Ask your child…
“What skills or attributes did you need to be a mathematician today?”
We talked about 3 skills in our session, find out which skill your children thought they used the most:
- being Creative
- being Curious
- being Logical
Your child came home with a worksheet that asked them to draw their own Sierpinski triangle. There are some instructions on the card to help you and them draw and then decorate the triangle. If they don’t make sense, have a look at the example below.
If you’d like to put your finished triangle into our gallery, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Sierpinski Triangle Generator!
Upload your Sierpinski Triangle to our gallery!
Use this form to upload a picture of your Sierpinski Triangle. Once we've checked it, we'll add it to the gallery!