This activity was one of my favourites in primary school. Pictures created using lines were really popular at the time; they could be drawn, sewn using card and thread or created with nails and thin wire.
As a tutor, I have used the activity to support my students with learning the multiplication tables. The activity is good practice for drawing lines with a ruler and develops the fine motor skills.
Use the templates and images below to create your own curved stitching patterns. You can adapt them so that the student draws a line from dot 1 to dot 1 or use a multiplication table, e.g. 1 to 4, 2 to 8, etc.
Straight Lines to Curves Lines 2
Curved Lines 3
This pattern has been created by drawing a line to every fifth dot. When I was at school we would continue to count - 15, 16, 17, 28, 19, 20 ... (sometimes writing the numbers by the dot) so that we were drawing lines to the next multiple of 5.
Use the template to experiment with other numbers. What patterns can you create?