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Celtic knots

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Celtic knots

What to do with this activity?

Ancient Celtic art is full of repeated patterns, often interwoven, complicated and colourful. For instance, have a look at images from the Book of Kells which is free online on the Trinity College website. We suggest you zoom in (by pressing the + sign) to one or two of the illustrated pages. Notice how the patterns are very precise and mathematical. 

To draw your own Celtic knot have a look at these video instructions from NRICH MATHS.  You can print out the mathematical grid that the knot is based on from the same website, or draw it out for yourself using a ruler and pencil.

Alternatively, here is a Youtube video  showing you how to draw a smaller Celtic knot from scratch.

If you would like to discover more about Celtic knots together, have a look at this article from Ireland Fun Facts. The article is quite long, so it's only if your child is really interested. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.

  • How can I do more?

    Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.

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