Teaching Temari: Geometrically Embroidered Spheres in the Classroom

Carolyn Yackel
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 563–566 Workshop papers


This paper discusses the various potential pedagogical benefits of using temari balls, or geometrically embroidered spheres in a mathematics class, either to craft or as objects of investigation. The corresponding workshop is designed to teach participants the basic techniques for crafting temari. During the construction process, the group will discuss ways to utilize temari balls to enhance student understanding of a variety of mathematical concepts.