These 6th graders were studying ancient India, so in connection with their core curriculum, we looked at Rangoli designs which have been used in India since ancient times. Students were asked to create their own design, keeping in mind radial symmetry and using lots of color as we see in the traditional Rangoli designs. Students drew their designs in crayon and then outlined shapes with glue and colored sand. Rangoli designs are usually created on the floor with colored sand, flour or rice so it was nice to be able to tie in the sand component.
Here is an example of a Rangoli design. These works of art are temporary.