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make-your-own tessellation art by a 4th grade student, Elephant theme a first-time make-your-own-tessellation, animal theme (elephants)

by DJ S.

This tessellation shows translational (slide) symmetry.

The "tile" (tile = repeating shape) is very neatly, precisely reproduced and fits with all the other tiles perfectly, without gaps or overlaps. That's what a proper tessellation does.

However, wouldn't we like to see how DJ can improve the elephnt outline? What we see here is just the first step in tessellation. Next comes the refinement... the tweaking of the outline to make it more elephant-like.