“Like building blocks or Lego, Tangrams are wonderful for teaching about spatial relationships. In addition, they are a powerful tool in mathematics. Students learn geometric vocabulary and strong communicators in math concepts. They also become capable problem solvers, confident in their critical thinking skills. There are even indications that working on Tangram puzzles can increase achievements in math.”
Some of our Pre-schoolers at Greta are enjoying exploring the Tangrams that were made available as one of our table activities. Originally the children utilised their own investigative skills to explore how to make shape through their own exploration, Sally then provided them with some templates to incorporate into their play if they wished. A few of our pre-schoolers were happy to continue making their own creations while others loved the challenge of trying to create the objects shown on the templates.
Tangrams is a fantastic STEM activity, and can provide children with the opportunity to challenge, extend and introduce new skills and abilities. Geometry skills being one of these, children are given the opportunity to identify and recognise a multitude of geometric shapes as well as understanding how these shapes can decomposed and recomposed into new shapes. It also encourages our more creative artistic children to be able to incorporate their own individual interest and strengths into a mathematical concept, this type of play based learning is perfect example of how children can develop their own learning through individual interests and the importance of learning through play. Lastly, encouraging the manipulation of shapes enhances and inspires visual-spatial awareness. Through the manipulation of turning flipping and comparing shapes children are provided with the opportunity to problem solve.