Tangrams are an awesome learning manipulative! They are colourful, durable, cleanable, and inviting. With all the great uses I wanted to compile a list of the best tangram activities available!
Not long ago we used our tangrams, also knows as pattern blocks, to create a dinosaur busy bag. Tangrams are the first manipulative we work with after learning shapes and we had a lot of fun using them in our dinosaur unit.
Since the tangrams where such a big hit, I thought I would make a list of my favourite activities so you can get the most out of your set of tangrams.
The Best Tangram Activities
I can’t believe there are over 40 FREE pattern block printables on Pre Kinders for your downloading pleasure. Each image has a coloured and a black and white version. This set is perfect to add into several of your unit studies.
Craftoholics Anonymous creates beautiful tangram art by making DIY rubber stamps. I’m in love with these pieces of art!
Learning letters by using these FREE tangram letter printables on Gift of Curiosity is genius! Her children looks so focused. The printable set comes with upper and lower case letters to add to your alphabet learning lessons.
We have our own DIY dinosaur tangrams activity that is very easy to set up. With just a couple household materials you can create hours of learning fun.
Use your tangrams in this fun critical thinking sudoku game from Kid Giddy. Print off two levels of sudoku games to challenge your preschoolers!
Preschool Inspirations has created their own pattern blocks game! I love how simple and easy this game is for young learners.
Playdough is one of our favourite sensory materials. Munchkins and Moms combined her playdough and pattern blocks to create a fun, easy setup activity.
Using simple shape outlines, children work to see how many way they can make a shape on Gift of Curiosity. I really love the creativity of this activity. There is no real right answer, just critical thinking and self guided learning.
Do you have an emergent writer? Use tangrams with these great writing prompt printables from This Reading Mama to encourage creativity and writing.
Ella is going to LOVE this! Build Cinderella’s Castle with pattern blocks from Math Geek Mama. These mats encourage children to use as many tangrams as they would like then count how many of each shape is used.
Another creative way to allow children to explore tangrams is through these 2d shape cards from Thank God It’s First Grade!
I hope this list will get your started on a lot of fun tangram activities!