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Help Handwriting by Challenging Visual Perceptual Skills

Updated on June 24, 2012

Challenging Visual Perceptual Skills Using Tangram Puzzles

Does your child have problems with writing on the lines or challenges with the sizing and spacing of letters? A good way to address these issues is to challenge your visual perceptual skills. Tangram puzzles are a great hands-on activity to learn about spatial relationships. Read more to learn which tangram puzzles are the best.

Tangos
Tangos

Tangram Puzzles & Visual Perception

The visual skills that a person uses to understand, analyze, and interpret all that is seen are called visual perception. Tangram puzzles are a great activity to challenge visual perceptual skills. Tangrams are also great for helping to develop motor planning skills, spatial relations, and eye hand coordination, and to top it off, they require a child to use problem-solving skills! I use them frequently in therapy to help students with understanding properties such as shape, size, and symmetry. Here are a few of my favorites that I use in therapy.

Classic Tangos (available at Amazon)-Includes 7 pieces that can form an infinite number of abstract designs along with patterns for matching.

Magnetic Tangrams (available at Amazon) -Includes five sets of magnetic tangrams of different sizes, colors, and shapes, plus a board with a metallic interior for setting up designs and solving the puzzles.

Tangos, Jr. (also available at Amazon)-four younger children, ages 4 and up, includes seven large magnetic puzzle pieces, 12 double-sided puzzle cards and a large playing surface.

Classic Tangos are the most challenging, magnetic tangrams are a bit easier, and finally, Tangos, Jr. is a much more simplified version. All of these would make a great addition to a theraist's toolbox! :)

Recommended Tangrams

The tangram puzzles that I frequently use in therapy are available at Amazon.

Tangoes Junior
Tangoes Junior

For ages 4 and up, includes seven large magnetic puzzle pieces, 12 double-sided puzzle cards and a large playing surface.

 
Magnetic Tangrams
Magnetic Tangrams

Includes five sets of magnetic tangrams of different sizes, colors, and shapes, plus a board with a metallic interior for setting up designs and solving the puzzles.

 
Classic Tangoes
Classic Tangoes

Includes 7 pieces that can form an infinite number of abstract designs along with patterns for matching.

 

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