Have fun with math with our Tangram heart card for Mother’s Day. Express your love and appreciation for Mom using tangram shapes. It’s not quite as easy at it looks, but it definitely encourages kids to get thinking! We love simple STEAM activities for kids!
MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY TANGRAM CARD
WHAT IS A TANGRAM?
A tangram is a re-arrangement puzzle made from a square cut into seven pieces. These flat geometric shapes are called tans.
Tangrams were invented in China over 200 years ago, before being introduced to Europe around 1891.
Each tangram puzzle contains the following 7 shapes:
- 2 large right triangles
- 1 medium-sized right triangle
- 2 small right triangles
- 1 small square
- 1 parallelogram
There are many ways to play with tangrams. The simplest way is to let kids create their own unique shapes. But really, tangrams are meant to be a puzzle.
The object of the puzzle is to make re-create a design you are given using all seven pieces without any overlap. Traditionally, you are not given any information about where each piece goes and it is up to you to figure it out.
Tangrams are great for helping kids develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as shape recognition and spatial skills.
Create a fun Mother’s Day card using a tangram. Grab our free printable tangram activity below and get started on figuring out how to make a tangram heart.
TANGRAM CARD FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Make a card for Mom or anyone special using tangrams!
- Tangram printable
- Colored markers, crayons or pencils
STEP 1. Print out the tangram, color in the pieces, and cut out the 7 shapes.
Can you name them all?
STEP 2. Re-arrange the shapes to make a heart. Have a go on your own first, use our guide if you need to.
STEP 3. Glue the shapes into the puzzle pattern onto the front of your homemade card.
STEP 4. Write a special message to Mom on the inside.
MORE MOTHER’S DAY IDEAS
These STEAM inspired Mother’s Day gifts kids can make are a great way to combine a DIY gift with a little hands-on learning. For those of you who don’t have a craft-loving kid, here are some ideas that are nice alternatives that still add color and design!
Make a bouquet of crystal flowers with a supersaturated borax solution and pipe cleaners.
Grow your own flowers with our suggestions for easy flowers to grow.
Explore the colorful world of science meets art with DIY coffee filter flowers.
Create a bunch of personalized handprint flowers for Mom to enjoy!
Celebrate Mom with a vase Cupcake liner flowers.
CREATE A TANGRAM HEART CARD FOR MOM
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