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Tangramables Review by Nancy King

Judi Martschinke
Learning Resources, LTD
380 N. Fairway Drive
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
847-573-8400 or 800-333-8281 (U.S. & International)
800-222-3909 (U.S. & Canada)
+44 (0) 1553 762276 (U.K. & Europe)

This product is composed of an Activity Book and plastic manipulatives, which is all that is needed to complete the program. These shapes can help introduce the basic geometric concepts of area, perimeter, length, and angles.

There are three types of activities: (1) Cover Up, in which the child uses manipulatives to cover the picture on the page; (2) Imagination, which allows the child to imagine what shapes to use to fit into a particular area, (e.g., shaping a tiger within a forest picture); and (3) Shapes from Shapes, in which the child uses the various shapes to form other shapes. I wouldn't presume that this program was intended just for homeschoolers; however, it would be especially useful for children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Tourette's Syndrome, or Down Syndrome or for anyone needing to learn eye-to-hand coordination. The book I have comes in Spanish format also--a real advantage for bilingual individuals.

I really like this program very much. I carried it to the homes of several family members and friends and had their children play with it. All of the children (ranging in age from 5 to 13) liked it, and one child with ADD enjoyed it very much. When I first got the program, I remembered using something similar in school in the 70s, and I thought to myself, This is too simple for anyone to learn anything from. But I was wrong! It's quite a challenge to place some of the shapes in the right position to make the picture turn out like it is supposed to. I really do not have anything negative to report on this product. I would spend whatever it cost if I felt it would benefit my children.

Product review by Nancy King, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January 2008