#MathArtChallenge: Day 2 Looping Colors

The #MathArtChallenge is just a fun, simple way to engage our brains during this time of unease. All tasks are low tech: paper, pencil, maybe string. Nothing fancy. I would LOVE to see what you come up with. Post on social media with the hashtag #MathArtChallenge!

THE CHALLENGE: Draw a looping, intersecting line that meets itself where it started, then color in alternating sections!

MATERIALS NEEDED: writing surface, writing utensil, colors

Day2 MAC


Author: Annie Perkins

Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN.

31 thoughts on “#MathArtChallenge: Day 2 Looping Colors”

    1. This has been my go-to doodle for 50+ years. I did this to a motorcycle helmet with 1/4 inch masking tape, and sprayed on the second color. (silver on black) One of a kind. Wish I still had it.


  1. Rules of the Game:
    1) Do not pick up your pencil when you are drawing the looping doodle.
    2) You must end where you begin.
    3) Spaces that share a boundary must be different colors.
    4) Spaces that share a point are allowed to be the same color.

    Questions for my students:
    Can you draw a doodle that requires MORE than 2 colors?
    What if you are allowed to lift your pencil when you draw the doodle? Now can you draw one that requires more colors?
    How many colors does it take to color in a map of the US?
    Can you draw any doodle that requires MORE than 4 colors?


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