Shape Composer

Composes shapes with anticipation (“I know what will fit!”). Chooses shapes using angles as well as side lengths. Rotation and flipping are used intentionally to select and place shapes. In the“Pattern Block Puzzles” below, all angles are correct, and patterning is evident.


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Other Examples:

  • Given an outline of a dinosaur originally made with pattern blocks, a child intentionally chooses shapes that will fill the puzzle and rotates and flips the shapes into place.

Help your student become a(n) Shape Composer

These activities provide shape puzzles without any internal guidelines and larger areas than those of earlier levels so children have to figure out how to fill the space by carefully composing 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.