When: just before bedtime
What did we use: two sets of tangram pieces
J1 came up with a new game this evening. The rules:
- number of players: 1 or more
- playing pieces: 1 or more sets of tangram pieces
- designer: each round, one player takes the role of the designer, putting the tangram pieces into a configuration. This could be a random arrangement or intentional
- Taking a turn: in a clockwise order starting with the person to the left of the designer, players say what they think the tangram looks like from their perspective. After everyone has taken a turn, the players shift 90 degrees to their left and repeat the cycle, but this time they are looking at the tangram from a different orientation.
- Once everyone has had a go from all 4 orientations, the next player becomes the designer
- Advanced play: once someone has said what they think the tangram looks like from their perspective, the experienced players can add a comment to start building a story based on that object.
- Winner: everyone!
We played with J1, J2, and J0 taking turns as the designer. To give you a feel for it, here is one of our designs from 3 different orientations:
Here are some of the ideas for what we saw: person jumping out of a box, a wheelbarrow, an army officer, a flower, an 8th note in a mirror, a catapult, a road grader, a knife cutting an apple, the sword in the stone, I was surprised that no one said "poop," which just shows how engaging the two of them found this activity. I doubt it would have been as successful if I introduced these rules and asked them to play!