´╗┐www.scissorcraft.com

Spiral Spirangle Color Book Shapes

make a labyrinth

Spirals

The spiral, an early symbol for the sun, is the most common ancient symbol found everywhere people have settled or visited. Because ancient people believed the sun died every evening and was reborn in the mornings, spirals decorate ancient tombs, crypts and burial sites to represent this cycle of life, death and rebirth.

You can see growth spirals or whorls occurring in nature. Just look at how how leaves naturally arrange themselves on stems, or the spiral designs on pineapples, artichokes, pine cone, sun flowers and Romanesco broccoli, to name just a few.

Spirals appear virtually everywhere in nature, even in space, just take a look at the Milky Way.

Be sure to check out the Spirangles for more unique, educational fun. Most of the spirangle images are blank shapes so children can practice making their own patterns.

The spiral, an early symbol for the sun, is the most common ancient symbol found everywhere people have settled or visited. Because ancient people believed the sun died every evening and was reborn in the mornings, spirals decorate ancient tombs, crypts and burial sites to represent this cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Spirals that appear in nature on such things as shells, flower petals, leaves, horns, claws and fingerprints are called whorls.

The spiral has many different forms including:

  1. Archimedean spiral
  2. Cornu spiral
  3. Fermat's spiral
  4. hyperbolic spiral
  5. lituus
  6. logarithmic spiral
  7. spiral of Theodorus

The spiral represented here is the Archimedean spiral.

The Golden Spiral was first noticed by Phythagoras, a Greek mathematician in the 5th century B.C. The Golden Spiral and Fibonacci spiral are very similar.

Artists frequently use spirals in creating works of beauty. The Fibonacci spiral is a logarithmic spiral, also called a growth spiral that often appear in nature.

Golden Spiral or Fibonacci sequences appear in nature such as as how leaves naturally arrange on stems, the spiral designs on pineapples, pine cones, sun flowers as well as in fingerprints, DNA, and the twisting shape of the Milky Way in outer space.

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts