Explore the properties of geometric shapes with this set of scaffolded tangram shapes task cards and cut-out tangram templates.
🔺 Play with Geometry Using Tangram Shapes 🔷
Triangles, squares and rhombi, oh my!
In its simplest form, geometry helps us understand how the angles and lengths of sides make up the forms we see in our world. We use geometry to engineer structures, design products, build machines, create art and more!
To play Tangram Treats, students will use the included tangrams to create 2D-shaped designs like a triangle, swan, boat, fish, key, heart, horse, plane, shoe, cat, helicopter and rocket.
Each design is broken into three difficulty levels for students to build upon as they learn the properties of triangles and parallelograms:
- Level 1 — tangram shapes and designs in colour
- Level 2 — tangram shapes and designs in black
- Level 3 — tangram shapes and design silhouettes in black
Students can use classroom tangram blocks to recreate the designs or the cut-out tangram shape templates we’ve included with this download.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
Download the interactive Google Slides version of this activity to use in your shapes lesson. All difficulty versions are included in the Google Slides version. Choose the slides you want your students to do and delete the rest. Project a tangram design for your class and call up students to place a tangram and build the design as a group.
Support students who need help understanding the concepts by referring them to a classroom shapes poster or anchor chart.
Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to start on the black silhouetted designs first.
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More Activities that Clarify Tangrams for Kids
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource for students to work on independently in their maths groups.
However, check out our suggestions for using this activity to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons too:
Project a task card on the board for the whole class to see and provide students with tangrams. Students will use the projection as a map and rebuild the design at the desk.
🏃 Relay Race
Divide students into two teams and line them up, each with their own set of tangram shapes. Show a task card to the students at the front of each line and set a timer. Students take turns placing one tangram block at a time. Whichever team produces the correct tangram design first wins the task card. The team with the most task cards at the end of the game wins!
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the full-colour and low-colour PDF or interactive Google Slides versions of this resource.
Print on cardboard for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.
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Can I suggest that a B&W outline version with a separate page for each shape e.g. 4 of the biggest shape on one page, 4 of the next etc etc so that we can copy onto coloured card with a minimum of hassle and waste?
Hi Deborah, Thank you for your comment! So we can keep all of our suggestions and requests together, can you please submit a change request to this resource using the Changes & Updates tab above? This tab can be found near the comments section. Thanks again!
A low colour version is now available here: https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource/tangram-treats-low-colour-task-cards-and-templates/
Hi. LOVE this resource but its REALLY heavy on the ink. Would you consider doing black and white outline of tangram cutouts and shapes? Whilst the colours and backgrounds are pretty and Im sure well loved, they are not economical to print teachers on a budget. Cheers
Hi Helen, This is a great idea. I have our design team working on it as we speak and I will keep you updated. If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.