# Getting in Shapes

Normally a picture – or anything – being held together by tape is a sign something went wrong. But in this art project by our very own Maura Bigelow and family, the tape makes the shapes! With the help of the family dog, the kids and dog split a big square into smaller shapes by running stripes of wide tape across it. Then they colored in the shapes with sidewalk chalk. Once they peeled away the tape, look what was left behind! Of course, with April showers arriving any day now, this art might not last long… but that’s the perfect excuse to break out the tape and get into shapes again.

Wee ones: Can you find a triangle – a shape with 3 sides – in the picture? Point to it!

Little kids: Which has more total sides: 1 square with 4 sides, or 2 triangles with 3 sides each? Bonus: If this art used up 3 blue chalk sticks, 2 pink, 2 yellow, 2 purple, 1 orange, 1 red, and 1 brown… how many total chalk sticks did it use?

Big kids: How many shapes are inside the square – and how many shapes had to be colored for 1/2 the shapes to get color? Bonus: If there were 26 shapes, and there were 3 times as many blue as red and 3 times as many green as blue, how many shapes of each color would you have? How can you solve this in your head? (You can!)