In today’s post: Use a ruler to connect the dots to create beautiful geometric line art.
Since we have been asked to stay at home, I’ve been looking for crafts and projects the kids can work on that don’t require a trip to the store for special supplies. This geometric line art fits the bill! Once you print the worksheets all you need is a pen and a ruler. Start connecting dots and you’ll see a fun design appear.
NOTE: This project is best for kids who are a bit older, maybe 3rd grade and up.
These worksheets are fun because all you do is draw straight lines to connect dots, and then the lines end up creating curves. I’m sure there are lots of math concepts that you could talk about when doing these worksheets…but to be honest I’m not sure what they are. I took calculus back in high school but I can’t remember even a teeny tiny bit of it! Oh well…
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Printable Line Art Worksheets
You can use any sort of pen or pencil on these worksheets. We like this set of ultra fine Sharpies because it has a wide range of colors to choose from, but the designs looks cool in all black as well.
I’ve created 5 different worksheets you can print out for your kids (or yourself!) to play around with. This first one is the easiest and it makes a parabolic shape. Or something like that. As previously mentioned, I can’t remember much of anything from high school math so it’s not as if I actually remember what a parabola is anymore. My teenagers tells me it actually looks more like an exponential function than a parabola 🤷♀️. But when I wrote the title on the worksheet I called it a 3 Point Parabola so that’s what I’m calling it. Anyway, the Parabola is the easiest worksheet to start with and it will give you good practice for the more complicated variations. The dots are numbered so you just have to draw lines to connect the matching numbers. Easy!
Once you understand how the 3 point Parabola works, you can move on to the Kaleidoscope. This design is basically 6 of the Parabolas all put together. This worksheet doesn’t come with numbers because it would be too confusing to label all the dots! So just make sure you practice the parabola first and you should be good to go. And print out a few extras in case you make mistakes.
The Kaleidoscope is really fun if you use different colors for each set of lines.
The 5 Point Flower is another variation on that original 3 Point Parabola. It has five triangles all connected. The difference is that in each triangle you draw lines to connect the outside edge of the triangle to each of the two other sides BUT you DO NOT connect those two sides together, which gives you the petal shape. You can print this worksheet with or without numbers.
More Line Art Worksheets
The next worksheet creates a star. This one works a little differently than the three above, so just be sure to follow the numbers!
The last line art worksheet is a Mystic Rose. Again, this one works a little differently than the first three. You can start at the outside, by connecting every dot to the dot right next to it. Then you’ll draw lines that skip a dot. Then you’ll draw lines that skip two dots. Continue until you like how to rose looks!
Actually, you can play around with connecting the dots however you’d like for a variety or results.
Click here to download the Mystic Rose Line Art Worksheet
I hope you enjoy these line art worksheets! Click here for more art and craft projects for kids.