Teal Parallelogram Shapes

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Teal lines, angles, and parallelograms… any idea what it is? I wasn’t sure either; my mom actually had to tell me what this object was when she first gave it to me. Since then, it has seen quite a bit of use. I have to confess my toddler is quite fond of this item (maybe because it is teal, but who knows) — and frequently “borrows” it for creative uses. I’ll reveal its identity at the end of this post, and provide some resources on how to use it as well.

fine art abstraction - parallelograms

fine art abstraction - parallelograms

Since I was feeling up for the challenge, here’s a haiku about these abstracted images:

creating light and shadow
shades of blue and teal

What Is It?

So, any idea what it is? When I first went to write about it, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that the term “parallelogram” had escaped my memory. I had to ask my husband: “What’s the rectangle with slanted sides called?” We then confirmed I meant both sides slanted the same way (in order to differentiate from a trapezoid). I am totally blaming that memory lapse of the pregnancy hormones, by the way.

It’s a dual sided Tupperware citrus zester — It’s probably at least a good ten years old. My son likes to use it when we bring snow inside, or have playdough time. Usually my kitchen gadgets are procured for sensory play over the toy kitchen tools (go figure!).

tupperware citrus zester - kitchen gadget

See? He’s waiting to snatch the citrus zester as soon as I give the ok!


And, as promised, here are some resources on shape stuff for kids, as well as recipes that use citrus zest. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.

Shapes for Kids

Recipes that Call for Citrus Zest

What Do You Think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Oh, and if you have recipes that call for citrus zest, by all means, please share them especially if it uses zest in a unique way!

If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from my Fine Art Abstraction series, make sure to check out the other images and take a guess each object is!

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4 Responses

  1. Pamela

    I am a HUGE fan of citrus… and I’m definitely going to have to try some of those recipes! That Tupperware zester is pretty cool! Once I read what it was I had to admire the genius of the “catch” at the end of it for juice etc… pretty cool.

  2. Betsy Finn

    Agreed, Pamela 🙂 — the design is pretty neat. I actually wonder why they discontinued it… oh well! I have it for trying out those yummy recipes at least.

  3. How neat. I love how focus on a simple object, show us its beauty and then reveal what it is. I never would’ve guessed it was a zester! Thanks for sharing your lovely art with #smallvictoriessunday as always!

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Tanya 🙂 — As I mentioned, I wasn’t sure what it was at first either when I first got it. Thank goodness for mothers!