Friday, April 15, 2011

Egg Tangram Fun


There are some days when we just fall into fantastic lessons. I love those days. And, yesterday was one. First off, I read a math themed post from Love2Learn2Day, about Easter egg symmetry. She also mentioned, and included a link to an Easter bunny tangram activity.

We usually try to sidestep all the bunnies, and eggs at Easter (just a weird personal preference), but the mention of the bunny tangram, reminded me that there is also an egg shaped tangram puzzle. And, although we won't tie it into Easter (though you easily could), it goes along perfectly with our current birding obsession, since the symmetrical pieces of the egg, break apart, to be reformed into more than fifty, fantastical birds.

I went right to work printing off a version of the puzzle from Puzzles.com, which includes the egg, ready to be cut into pieces, as well as nice big patterns for several birds. I found thirty more bird solutions for the egg tangram, at Mathlove.com, though they print smaller, making them trickier for younger children to match to big, puzzle pieces.

I glued six different colors of construction paper to flattened cereal boxes, and traced the puzzle over them...


...to cut a puzzle for each child, in a separate color, so they wouldn't get them mixed up. Interchanging the colored pieces, would give you nice Easter egg puzzles too, if you are so inclined, and make for some very colorful birds.


Speaking of colorful birds:


I'm not usually a huge fan of Dr. Seuss (another weird personal preference), but his Scrambled Eggs Super! was just too perfect a match for this activity, to pass up. In it, a young boy searches nests of the world, for the best eggs, to make the most amazing scramble ever. You can even find an old, animated version of the story, here, on DailyMotion.com.

And, if you really want to cap off the perfect egg/fantastical bird themed activity right, you'll pick up a package of those pre-cut, and printed Easter egg cookies, that are on sale everywhere, right now - or even better, cut your own cookie dough into egg shapes, so you can make the pieces bigger, and easier to handle - and slice them apart following the tangram pattern, from the sources above.


Then, let your children piece together their favorite, colorful bird...


...before baking.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

14 comments:

love2teach2day said...

That's AWESOME. Never heard of egg tangrams. (Or Easter Bunny ones either, til now.)

I love your ideas!!

Phyllis said...

This is such a cool post. I have never seen the egg tangrams and I think it is so fun that they can turn into birds. I like that you did the tangram cookies.

Joyful Learner said...

What a nice way to resurrect the tangrams! I wonder if we can do this for all the holidays? I love how you find the perfect activities to tie in with your studies!

Jennifer said...

I've also never heard of egg tangrams, only the regular tangrams. We're going to try this out. Thanks.

Julie said...

Thanks so much for sharing. We're going to try them next week!

Wonder Mom said...

LOVE it! I think I could whip up some sets for our Easter Egg baskets...

schmobes said...

I planned to do the bunny tangrams next week. Now I'll be adding the egg ones, too! And maybe some cookies, too...

Ticia said...

You just showed me all sorts of things I didn't know about

Christy said...

I will definitely try out the tangrams! Very cool.

Debbie said...

I love this! We may just have to give it a try.

Sharnee Torrents said...

This is totally awesome!! WOW what a wonderful thing to share!! I've never seen these either and will most certainly be doing this with my precious ones, thanks soooo much for all the links and pic's!!!
SMiles Sharnee :)

Raising a Happy Child said...

Oh, how fun. I've never heard of egg tangrams either. I am going to add it to my Evernote for the next year.

Rashmie @ MommyLabs said...

Just discovered your blog. This is such a wonderfully creative mind game/puzzle/tangrams for kids.

Fongers stede said...

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:-)