Early Geometry Tangrams

Early Geometry Tangrams

Early Geometry Tangrams

These colorful blocks are 
excellent in helping 
young mathematicians
explore concepts including:


“What can I do with these tiles?”

Read below to discover topics, activities, and discussion questions to get you started in mathematical play!

I. Explore Geometric Breaking Apart

These building blocks can significantly help your child gain a stronger understanding of how shapes are broken apart into smaller shapes.

1. Start simple: Select one of the blue diamonds. What shape looks like it would fit inside the diamond more than once? Make your best guess, and then give it a try. If your idea doesn’t work, try something else. Solution: Your child should discover that two green triangles fit inside a blue diamond perfectly.

2. Try another simple challenge: Select one of the yellow hexagons (6-sided figure). What other shapes can you place on top of the yellow hexagon to fill up the space of the hexagon completely? Make your best guesses and give them a try. Solution: Your child can find that two red trapezoids cover the yellow hexagon, or two blue diamonds and two green triangles cover the hexagon, or a combination of all three tiles. 

Note for these challenges: Try to encourage your child to reason through their thought process, no matter how simple the reasoning. This helps your child slow down their thought process and develops problem solving skills that are critical in all levels of mathematics.

II. Explore Geometric Decomposition by Building Up & Getting Creative:

1. Have your child create large basic shapes (square, triangle, rectangle) by combining multiple blocks together. For example, 4 orange square blocks can make a larger square. 8 red trapezoids can form one large hexagon. 1 yellow hexagon and 3 green triangles can form a larger triangle. See how many creative ways your child can make different shapes.

2. Free Play Creativity: Especially for younger children, allowing them free time to just play with the blocks and build creative pictures promotes healthy development in their spatial reasoning skills and mind growth. Allowing free play to make flowers, houses, rocket ships, patterns, or anything at all gives them the opportunity to fully integrate their hand and mind into understanding the relationship among different polygons.

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