Work on visual discrimination, visualization, spatial relations, position in space, visual closure, visual form constancy, eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, in-hand manipulation, coordinated use of both hands, executive functions, leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 18 plastic pieces, 64 challenges
Another brain building game from FoxMind. Tangramino is one in a series of four award-winning games using logic and spatial skills to build 3D models from 2D models. Puzzles are built flat on the table, use anywhere from four to all 18 pieces, and advance in difficulty as you go through the book. The pieces are solid plastic, all orange. The game includes a very nice spiral bound book that will lay open as you build. The answers are all in the back of the book. There is a helpful chart in the front of the book that will show what each piece looks like in different perspectives (front, rear, right, left, below, above). I have primarily used this series of games with high-functioning teens as the later puzzles in the books can be quite challenging. For a beginners tangram puzzle, try Tangoes Jr.
- Equilibrio - Build structures upright, some with challenging balance aspects.
- Perspecto - Build structures from a variety of perspectives (up to three views per puzzle). The old name for this game is Cliko. The Perspecto puzzle book is the exact same book as the Cliko book, just a new name.
- Architecto - Build structures upright.
- Tangramino - Build structures flat on the table.
- Build the model on top of the book first, then move to building it beside the book. Images in the book are the correct size to do this.
- Orient a puzzle piece and place it on the model if an individual gets stuck or cannot orient the piece correctly. Then pick it up, turn it askew, and hand it to the individual to orient. The individual may not be able to "see" the shape as it would look in a different orientation and a visual demonstration like that can help a great deal.
- Use consistent directional and positional language as you cue.
- Start by examining each piece and comparing it to the chart. Discuss how one piece can look different when looking at it from different perspectives.
- Copy the chart so that you can use it as a reference while you are building.