10+ Awesome Ways to Learn Math by Painting

I love finding activities that inspire both sides of my brain.  I’m the daughter of a painter and an engineer and although I became an engineer, the other side of my brain always calls out to me too.  So for a little bilateral brain food for you and the kiddos, here are 10+ Ways to Learn Math by Painting.

Time to practice math skills? Pull out the paint brush! Here are 10 Ways to Learn Math by Painting. Way better than worksheets!

Time to practice math skills? Pull out the paint brush! Here are 10 Ways to Learn Math by Painting. Way better than worksheets!
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10 Ways to Learn Math By Painting

It’s not that I’m anti-worksheet. It’s just that I think that adding another aspect to math can make it more fun!

Like geometry, for instance… We added some rainbow paint to our favorite 3D Geometric Shapes and explored color and mark making in this Rainbow Geometry Painting project.

We also like to hide math in our homemade gifts :) Check out these gorgeous Painted Coasters that kids can personalize with their own patterns and shapes. They’re perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

How to make painted cork coasters

More Painted Ways to Learn Math



  • Painting by numbers is a tried and true way to practice numbers with painting.  Check out Learn Play Imagine’s unique take on it by Painting by Number in the Shower.
  • Learn about the Golden Ratio and make your own painting using it’s proportions, just like master painter Da Vinci did.  The Virtual Instructor has a great video to help you understand how it works.  The Golden Ratio and Phi has an interesting collection of examples from art and a couple of spectacular videos showing how the ratio exists in nature. (Photo: Hemenway, 2005)
  • Teach kids some circle math and make this beautiful Color Wheel Clock from Tiny Rotten Peanuts.

And just for fun, here’s one more math link for you.  It’s Mental Math: Learning to Be a Human Calculator.  Tree Valley Academy shared this amazing resource last week at the Love to Learn Linky.  Learn how to use both the left side and the right side of the brain for faster computing in your head.


STEAM Makes Learning More Fun!

Combining art and math is a classic way to integrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) into learning. To get even more integrated learning (and fun!) ideas, try STEAM Kids, a book packed with 52 weeks of hands-on activities that will wow the boredom right out of kids!




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