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In a bid to brighten up the classroom a little
more, Ceilidh and Koutarou gave a helping hand in creating a butterfly mobile to hang
up in the classroom (it was also another excuse to bust out the paint brushes
and get our fingers dirty!). We used folded
card to draw on 1 wing, then by the magic of mathematics we were able to cut out
perfectly symmetrical butterflies with half the work.
Following on from the symmetry theme, instead
of painting these butterflies willy-nilly, we painted a pattern onto 1 wing of
each butterfly with the intent of pressing the wings together while the paint
was still wet to transfer our patterns over onto the opposite wing. It took a
couple of attempts before the idea of painting only 1 wing sunk in, while some
patterns transferred better then others.
Pressing the wings together
The class was also disturbed by Jim’s ALS ice
bucket challenge, which meant we didn’t have the time to assemble the mobile
during class. On the other hand, we did get to tip ice cold water all over Jim!
The mobile is now complete and on display by the window, with
the butterflies fluttering merrily in the breeze. They can now serve as a reminder
to the prospect of spring and sunshine when the cold winter months set in.