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Examples of Geometric Patterns

You probably thought that many of the shapes in the composite figures section were pretty, but now we’re going to show you something even prettier! You can put geometric figures together to make beautiful patterns. Can you see what shapes these patterns are made up of?

Pattern of squares, hexagons and trapezoids

Pattern of squares, hexagons and trapezoids

Try to make your own patterns. Be creative and use colors and shapes that you have seen on these pages, or find other shapes. You can make a card decorated with a pretty border, like in the picture below:

Pattern of triangles around table

Pattern of triangles around table

The patterns do not have to just go in a straight line, either. They can fill an entire sheet! Below are some nice patterns. Can you see what kind of shapes the patterns are made up of? Do you have any clothes with a nice pattern on them?

Pattern of triangles

Pattern of hexagons

Mosaic

Pattern of triangles

Pattern of hexagons

Mosaic

Serpinksis triangle

Think About This

Above is an image of a very famous triangle called Sierpinski’s triangle. Can you figure out how many triangles it contains?

A little hint: There is an infinite number of triangles in Sierpinski’s triangle, because the pattern can be repeated an infinite amount of times inside of each triangle.

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