Do you find yourself with leftover cardboard boxes? Try teaching your child about up-cycling by turning those boxes into a fun creative project: Animal Tangrams!
A tangram, according to Wikipedia, is a puzzle consisting of 7 pieces that is thought to have originated in China, but became popular later in Europe.
The 7 pieces traditionally consist of these dimensions:
- 2 large right triangles
- 1 medium right triangle
- 2 small right triangles
- 1 square
- 1 parallelogram
Of course, don’t feel limited by these traditional shapes. Get creative to fit your family’s needs!
After cutting shapes out of cardboard, use whatever paints or markers you have available to decorate them. Next, work together with your chid to create different animal shapes like roosters, turtles and rabbits.
Using these shapes in different combinations will be an exciting visual exercise for your child. The best part is that the cardboard was free and the activity has plenty of variations to while away an entire afternoon.
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