Designs and Patterns on Grid

Primary (Age 6 – 9)

Curriculum Goal

Primary: Geometry and Spatial Sense

  • ​Identify and describe the location of an object, using a grid map, and reflect two-dimensional shapes.


  • This game can be played as a whole class or in small groups.


  • Multiple square tiles in many different colours per player
  • One Game board per player (Appendix A)
    • Teacher or Leader’s board can be created on an interactive white board
    • Student’s game board will remain hidden from the view of the teacher/leader.


  • Teacher calls out the coordinates on which square tiles should be placed (e.g. place a red tile on B3; place a blue tile on C1).
  • Students follow the instruction to place the correct tile in the correct coordinate.​
  • Repeat this process until a colourful design has been made on the grid.​
  • At the end, reveal the teacher reveals their game board and allows students to revise their shapes to match the teacher game board.
  • Change the roles and play the game again.

Look Fors

  • Can children follow the teacher/leader’s instructions?​
  • What kind of spatial language do children use (e.g. up/down, left/right, under/over)


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