Picture Maker

Puts several shapes together to make one part of a picture (e.g., two shapes for one arm). Uses trial and error and does not anticipate the creation of the new geometric shape. Chooses shapes using “general shape” or side length. Fills easy Pattern Block Puzzles that suggest the placement of each shape and some internal lines are still given.


You may see this:

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Other Examples:

  • Children combine rhombus shapes to create a long arm in a picture of a person.

Help your student become a(n) Picture Maker

These activities provide a range of shapes to encourage children to explore making pictures and designs. Give children shape puzzles with all the internal lines drawn in to show each shape. This helps them  simply match shapes, but in so doing, also guides them to see how those shapes can fit together to make pictures and designs with composite shapes.

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.