Colorful Tangrams - Special Edition: Chinese Zodiac / Chinese New Year
The Chinese animal zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.
The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
Your Chinese zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in January and February take care: Chinese (Lunar) New Year moves between 21 January and February 20. If you were born in January or February, check whether your birth date falls before or after Chinese New Year to know what your Chinese zodiac year is.
This pack contains puzzle cards and math mats of all zodiac animals. Also included are puzzle pieces (line art) and an additional activity: “I was born in the year of the . . .”
Please feel free to visit my blog, for a link to more information about the Chinese zodiac.
Playing with tangrams is a great way to learn about polygons, explore mathematical concepts like transformations (translations, reflections, rotations) or symmetry and practice spatial awareness, problem solving skills and fine motor skills.
The objective of the game is to recreate the tangram shapes next to the puzzle cards using all 7 puzzle pieces (1 square, 1 parallelogram, 2 small triangles, 1 medium triangle and 2 large triangles). If your kids find it hard to recreate the tangram shapes next to the puzzle cards, you can use the math mats. The provided puzzle pieces will fit perfectly.
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