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Shape Changers

Cut out triangles, squares, and rectangles from paper. Invite your child to create new shapes by combining the cutouts.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read the book “Grandfather Tang’s Story” by Anne Tompert. The author uses tangram pieces to illustrate the story a grandfather tells his granddaughter. Children will enjoy recreating the tangram creatures found throughout the book.

    -Make a shape book of all the new configurations created using other shapes. You can write text for your child to 'read' later. For example, “A triangle plus a triangle can make a square."

Adjust for an older child

The seven tangram pieces can be used to create a large square. Challenge your child to recreate the square.

Adjust for a younger child

Omit the 'hiding' of the shape for the younger child. Instead, help the child recreate the shape you have made.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Geometry

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