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Building Spatial Awareness in Story Times Through the Use of Tangrams

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on a galley of Molly Bang’s upcoming book When Sophie Thinks She Can’t (anticipated January 2018). I immediately rejoiced at Bang’s creative highlight of Tangrams. As anyone who has heard me speak about tangrams in the past, there are not enough picture books to tie in with this fantastic Chinese puzzle. In almost all our libraries you can find a tangram set. No matter what, you can locate printable tangram templates on the internet. (A tangram set consists of seven shapes: 2 large right triangles, 1 medium sized right triangle, 2 small right triangles, 1 small square, and 1 parallelogram). To many, the use of tangrams is something to keep the kids busy rather than an intentional and useful activity that helps students develop their spatial awareness and creativity skills. According to Yi Ling Cheng and Kelly Mix,…