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.