Sugar Aunts: Sponge Tangrams

Sponge Tangrams

Tangrams are a fun and easy way to work on visual perception and visual motor integration skills through play.  These sponge tangrams are a quick DIY activity that kids will love.  The whole project will cost you $1, making it a creative and frugal way to play while sneaking in therapeutic and developmental skills.  

Tangram activities have a component that builds skills needed for handwriting so this activity is a fun one for working on written work through play. 

There are many ways to use tangrams to help with handwriting, and these sponge tangrams can definitely be used in those activities.  Try adding them to a low container with water for a multi-sensory approach.  

Sponge tangrams are an easy DIY and a fun way to build visual perception and visual motor integration skills with kids.

Sponge Tangrams Activity

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This activity uses a pack of rectangular shaped sponges.  We found ours at the dollar store, but you could pick up a few here

Sponge tangrams are an easy DIY and a fun way to build visual perception and visual motor integration skills with kids.
Use a permanent marker to make a cutting template on the sponges.  You will want to draw lines like shown here.  Mark a "K", "L", and "H" on the sponge to create rectangles, triangles, and squares.  


Sponge tangrams are an easy DIY and a fun way to build visual perception and visual motor integration skills with kids.

Next, cut the sponge with a pair of kitchen shears.

Sponge tangrams are an easy DIY and a fun way to build visual perception and visual motor integration skills with kids.

And, just like that, you are ready to play!  

Use the sponge tangrams to build shapes, copy forms, and practice form recognition and form constancy.  This is a great exercise in visual motor integration and visual perceptual skills.  

Be sure to grab our Tangrams and Visual Perception Workbook for more ways to use tangrams in handwriting and other visual perceptual tasks.  

More ways to play with these sponge tangrams:

  • Soak up some water. Squeeze out the excess and stick them to a window.
  • Float them in water.
  • Play with them in a shallow container of water or other sensory material.

Sponge tangrams are an easy DIY and a fun way to build visual perception and visual motor integration skills with kids.

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