Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Area Tiles

math tiles

Ryan has a cool math puzzle from The Puzzle Man.  I love it’s big wooden pieces, but every time we have played with it I noticed some kinks. So, of course I decided to create my own ‘slightly modified’ version.

I recreated the pieces using foam sheets. I wrote the numbers on both side of each piece to make it easier for Ryan to use them without mastering spatial reasoning skills of flipping pieces in a very specific way. And, I made three sets so we had more options for activities.

Ryan enjoyed seeing how many ways we could make 10 (obviously, these aren’t all of the ways). In case you’re missing the point- all of the 10 blocks that we created were the same size. When doing it together we laid them on top of one another to check that.

The puzzle can be used for addition and subtraction. I would give Ryan a few pieces and say what do we have to add to six to get ten. It can also be a great self checking tool for simple addition and subtraction problems.

Of course, I’m posting the template (page 1 and page 2) for you!

Let me know how you use the area tiles!


  1. I can't tell you how AWESOME this is! I remember seeing puzzles like these on tests and you have to figure out the area without measuring. I like the way you used it as it introduces the basic ten! Later on, I would have the child guess the area using the ones unit piece or bigger. Pattern blocks ate also good in teaching spatial relationships like 2 triangles make a square. Thanks for linking this! I'll have to make them as soon as I have time today!

    Oh, I think you forgot to add your thumbnail. Thanks again!

  2. This is a very nice manipulative. It reminds me of the blocks used in Math-U-See.

  3. I love this! It's a great visual way to see the combinations of ten.

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