STEAM | 30 September 2015Math in Art and Craft Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Many teachers might see a text titled Gaga for Googles and, upon examining the cover, find it all about google eyes and put it aside for the art teacher. However, it actually has quite a few uses for the general classroom. Yes, its bright images and fun text play to the arts-and-crafts bunch…but we can creatively use it for so much more! You can find math in art and craft! The book plus format includes templates and google eyes which makes it easy to get started. Perfect example: M’eye Mandala (excerpted from Gaga for Googles). As the text explains, “The word mandala means “circle” in the Sanskrit language (from India). Mandalas are symbolic patterns that are often made with a circle divided into sections.” There are millions of variations of mandalas out there for students to color, some of which can be printed from here. Math teachers everywhere will hear that definition and start mentally planning geometry lessons involving attributes of circles, symmetry, and angles. Even the youngest students can understand the concept of a circle and work on patterning with their mandalas using the templates provided by Gaga for Googles. And speaking of circles and templates, the “Kissable Kritters” lend themselves nicely to a connection with the mandalas. How about showing students the template… …and allowing them the chance to make the connection that it is one quarter of a circle? What degree angle does the template provide? How many kissable kritters can be made from one mandala? What geometric solid is the kissable kritter once constructed? The math possibilities are endless! Plus, the finished products really are very cute and “kissable”. Projects with google eyes may be fun, but they can also be math FUNctional! Author: Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team Format: Kit, 48 Pages ISBN: 9781633220379 Publisher: Walter Foster Jr. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: $14.95 / £9.99 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.