Many designs in wrapping paper, wall paper or fabric contain transformational geometry. Transformational geometry uses slides (translations), flips (reflections) & turns (rotations) to change the placement of an object. We wanted to use these principles in designing our own three-dimensional wrapping paper patterns. Materials Kraft paper Felt or foam Pom poms Glue Scissors Ribbon Tape Pencil/eraser & ruler (*Optional) We always find a smock helpful too: Directions Don your smock. As we were wrapping a desert book, the kids wanted to go with ice cream cones. (And who wouldn’t love this tasty treat!) We cut our cones out of felt and added a pom pom for the scoop of ice cream. You could also draw a design in thick paper and cut it out to trace as you slide, flip and turn it, adding a bit of colour if you like. First we wrapped our gift in simple kraft paper. We then glued down a starting cone and slid, flipped or turned the copy, gluing it down. To extend the concept, you can combine the actions, so for example sliding the object and then flipping it (as shown). You could make a light pencil line with a ruler if that makes it easier to slide objects. Add a bow and give your gift to a friend or family member. Purpose Understanding the concepts of transitional geometry and applying them in design. Safety Notes We suggest that you wear a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors with care and adult supervision. Cord, ribbon etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Small items such as pom poms can be a choking hazard therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.