Monday, May 9, 2016

Tangram Activities with Three Little Pigs for Preschoolers and up

Hands-on Geometry with Tangrams

Three Little Pigs based pretend play with tangrams was our awesome introduction to this fun family game. We reviewed some geometry, did some meaningful counting, and proceeded to making fun fairytale characters.

This activity turned out to be too long for a four year old, but we couldn't stop until we reached the happy end where the Big Bad Wolf is huffing and puffing... and helping a happy couple of pigs to sail away on a honeymoon (sorry for the spoiler).


Three Little Pigs on the Tangram Adventure

"Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes" by Grace Maccarone was our wonderful guide into the world of seven magic shapes of a tangram. The book could be very fun for the family to read and play together. Each part of a story offers a tangram puzzle of a fun character.

"Use your tangrams to help the pigs beat the big bad wolf! Amazon affiliate link: Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes (level 3) (Scholastic Reader, Math)


Tangram Activities for Preschoolers

Our tangram (pictured above) is drafted on foam before the activity. I introduced "the magic square" and cut it apart during the activity while we counted all the pieces.

At the beginning of the story, a magic duck gives seven magic shapes to the first pig. The seek and find activity was fun since it is "magic": we found and counted little, medium-sized, and large triangles. That left us with a square and a parallelogram.

My Firefly got used to the shape and worked with parallelogram with no visible difficulty. Learning through play is the best!


This ancient Chinese puzzle, the tangram is fun for kids and adults. For the little ones, it is a wonderful playful introduction to the world of similarity and angles, area and perimeter, and the magic of geometry.


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