Who doesn’t love puzzles? They’re hard to beat for an afternoon or evening of fun, but don’t forget that they can also offer enormous benefits for learning. Here’s an innovative puzzle that you can create with your fourth grade math student. If your child already loves math, you can explain that this puzzle provides valuable early practice in geometrical thinking. For the more reluctant mathematician, you can say that it uses art, too. And for any child, you can rightly promise that this will be fun.
What You Need:
- Large (1.5 inches tall) shape blocks in 4 colors and 4 shapes: 1 each of diamonds, hexagons, triangles, squares (you can cut your own, or download ours here and print them on card stock)
- Small (.75 inch tall) shape blocks in 4 colors and 4 shapes: 1 each of diamonds, circles, triangles, and squares
- Plain white paper
- Optional: download a sample Affinity Block Puzzle here