Tuesday 20 October 2015

Tangram on tees!

Tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of 7 brilliant shapes, which are put together to form shapes or objects. This unique ancient Chinese puzzle consists of 5 triangles, 1 square and 1 parallelogram. Js love working with puzzles, and working with tangram was a first encounter for Jare last week. While Jazz is more seasoned with it as she plays in school.

The benefits of working with tangram is numerous. For their young tender age group, I would say they not only work with shapes recognition, there's also unlimited flow of creativity from it. The tangram can be arranged into an incredible amount of shapes, animals, everyday objects and whatever the kids can invent. Just how amazing these 7 pieces of cleverness can create. For older kids, they can explore Mathematics - Geometry, spatial awareness, fraction etc.

And when we heard of tangram coming onto tees, yes t-shirts for little kids, I was more than delighted to get Js try this innovative concept. I love how each creation is individual and prompts no right or wrong answers. It allows open-ended explorations, Jazz can make a dog one way and Jare can make it the other way. That's when we allow a child to take 'risks' since there's no correct way of doing it. A trait often neglected in a classroom setting.

Working on their creation

The Tangram Tee from fabricate.sg allows kids to form different patterns on the shirt as often as they like. Each shirt comes with seven reusable shapes (sticking on like velcro) that form the Tangram and there are well over 6,500 patterns documented to date. We can have a different shirt everyday! The Tangram shapes and T-shirts come in various colours too. So yeap, tell the kids to create whatever they like! And it shapes stay on firmly well.

White and blue tees with black and glittery fuchia letters

Made with 100% 190/gm cotton, the shirt is extremely soft and comfortable to put on. The tee comes with a set of tangram shapes in black ($29), contained within a sturdy resealable zip-lock bag for your storage convenience. You can trust these bags. Really good! To add on the fun, you may further purchase a set of alphabets (which also comes with numbers) at $8 per pack. There's just never ending fun and creation within.

Along with the Tee set comes with a sheet of picture ideas to help your child start out with tangram and some wash care instructions for the Mummy. And when I had my tangram go on the tees, I realized it can't be played dual side as the velcro is only one sided. It doesn't deter the fun, but keeps one thinking a little more. It's a good challenge.

Most happy with his creation

All looking fun and cool eh? Check out this ongoing promotion - A free pack of alphabets with every purchase of tangram tee! Use the code 'SECRET12' upon checkout for your free pack.

A piece of good news is that Fabricate is giving away 3 tees to 3 lucky readers of Mum's calling. Each tee is coming along with a set of tangram shapes and a set of alphabets (Worth $37!). Thank you for your generosity, fabricate! 

To participate, simply follow the steps below: 
1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
2. Like fabricate.sg on Facebook
3. Leave a comment on this Facebook post in 3 words or less, caption my creation below. Remember, there's no right or wrong answer. 
4. Together with your comment, tag 3 friends or more on the whom you think will be keen on this giveaway.

All the best!

Terms and Conditions:
  • This giveaway ends on 30 Oct 15, 11.59pm 
  • Open to Singapore residents only 
  • Winner will be picked randomly by random.org
  • Winner will be announced on this post and on Facebook
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. 
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.

Lil Blue Bottle has also reviewed the tees and is running the same giveaway. Hop over to check out!

Thank you everyone for participating! All the captions are too lovely, but we could only have 3 winners. They are:
1. Jenny C.
2. Doreen O.
3. Jonna L.


Do drop an email to: mumscallingblog@gmail.com. I would need your name and email for our sponsor to contact you on redemption. 

Disclaimer: We were given the tees to review. All opinions and photos are solely ours.

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