Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Learning about Quadrilaterals - Printable Cards

Maths is a subject that my son enjoys and is always keen to learn about. I always try and make math as hands-on as possible with very little bookwork, as this suits my sons learning style.

A few weeks ago, we were learning about quadrilaterals. This was a great opportunity for both my son and I to learn together. I put together some printable quadrilateral cards, which I will share, before doing some hands-on learning.

Prior Knowledge
Before learning about quadrilaterals, the learner will need to have an understanding of 2-dimensional shapes, polygon shapes as well as parallel lines.

What is a quadrilateral?
A quadrilateral is a two-dimensional shape with four straight sides, four corners and four interior angles that add up to 360 degrees. A quadrilateral is a four-sided polygon. You can read more about our polygon activities as well as download my FREE polygon printable cards from following the link.

Types of quadrilaterals
Like every shape, there are regular and irregular quadrilaterals. A regular quadrilateral has equal sides and angles such as square. All the other quadrilateral, such as rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram, trapezium and kite, are irregular quadrilaterals as they have sides and angles of different sizes.

We have looked angles before but learning about quadrilaterals was a great opportunity to explore angles further. A basic compass can be used to measure the angles of each quadrilateral. Adding up the angles is also a great way to see how these shapes are true quadrilaterals in that their inner angles all equaling up to 360 degrees.

Printable Cards
You are welcome to download my FREE copy of my quadrilateral three-part cards by following the link.

Even though we have used our Spielgaben set that we purchased, this hands-on learning can be done with simple paddle pop sticks. If you would like to see more hands-on learning ideas for geometry, I have selected a range of ideas for you to view on my Maths - Geometry pinterest board. 

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  1. Love these... and I think my Miss 4 would like to work through these cards. She loves comparing squares, rectangles and diamonds (kites) so this would be right up her alley! Thanks for sharing another fabulous printable!

    1. You're welcome and thank you for your lovely comment!

  2. Looks like the Spielgaben set is an incredible learning tool for learning about these shapes.

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  4. Great idea. Spielgaben is soooo handy!!

  5. Quadrilaterals can be tricky to teach children and have them understand. I love this.

  6. Great idea it is really awesome i would like to say now everyone can design such things in computer and also get much help and stuff from internet and take printout for their kids you can make games, puzzles, tricks and much more you just need to buy good quality printer and quality Ink Print Cartridges to make professional and durable printings so it will be useable for other kids after your kids grow up, you can also give it as a gift to your fallows kids i am sure it will be the best and unique gift among all gifts.