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The classic rules of the tangram puzzle are simple: all
tangram pieces called tans must be used; they must lay flat; all must
touch and none may overlap.
In these PowerPoint
exercises (Nn to Zz coming soon), the tangram pieces to be assembled were
already turned and flipped. I also have higher-level PowerPoint exercises that
help develop geometric skills like rotations (turns), reflections
(flips) and translations (slides). Please consider checking my other
tangram-related printable products: alphabet tangram worksheets and alphabet tangram cards.
Skills Developed: Perceptual speed, inspection, logical reasoning, creative thinking, bilateral integration, and spatial visualization
is the ability to see differences and similarities among letters,
numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns in order to identify them
quickly and accurately.
Inspection skills involve
recognition of parts, thereby improving a child’s ability to discern in
the future. These skills also involve understanding the big picture by
viewing the whole and not just its parts as well as the ability to find
defects in assembled structures. Inspection skills develop attention,
speed, and accuracy.
Logical thinking is the process of
consistently using reasoning to discern the truth, solve problems, come
to a conclusion, and make good decisions. Problems or situations that
involve logical thinking call for structure, relationships between
facts, and chains of analysis and interpretation that make sense.
uses the imagination to draw conclusions, to produce a broad range of
ideas for solutions, to develop uncommon or original methods of solving a
problem, and to put new ideas and concepts to a practical use.
refers to the ability to use both sides of the body in a coordinated
way. An example of this is stabilizing paper with one hand while cutting
with the other. This is required to perform fine motor activities (such
as coloring, drawing, writing, cutting, and pasting) and gross motor
activities (such as pedaling a bicycle, climbing stairs, and
catching/throwing a ball). Being able to coordinate both sides of the
body is an indication that both sides of the brain are communicating and
sharing information with each other.
Spatial logic is the
ability to visualize and understand the relationships of objects and
their positions in space. Visual-spatial skills enable a child to solve
geometric problems. These skills are important components of handwriting
and many other movement-based activities.