Pixel Drawing DIY | Generation Genius
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# Information Transfer Activity for Kids

## Pixel Drawing DIY

• Duration: 30-60 min
• Difficulty: Medium
• Cost: \$0

Use a pattern of 1's and 0's to create a pixelated work of art!

### Material List

• 1Picture you want to pixelate (simple images with 1-3 colors work best)
• 1Sheet of graph paper
• Different colored markers
• Pencil with a good eraser

### Instructions

• 1Place the graph paper and photo next to each other.
• 2Using the photo for reference, write a 1 in any of the squares that will be filled in.
• 3Create a code for the other colors. For example, 1 = Black, 11 = Red, 111= Blue.
• 4Add 1's to your image to show where different colors will go.
• 5Using your color key, fill in the colors to reveal the pixelated image.
• Tip:On your first try use a very simple image like a smiley face to get some practice.

### How It Works

When a photo is taken with a camera, the information about the image is stored as a pattern of 1's and 0's. That pattern of numbers tells a digital screen which tiny lights - called pixels - to turn on (1's) and which ones to turn off (0's). The tiny lights make a picture that we can see. In real life it takes thousands or millions of lights turning different colors to make a high-resolution image (that means there are so many little lights that the image looks clear and sharp).

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