Math = Love: Geometiles Review

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Geometiles Review

The kind people at Geometiles recently contacted me to ask if I would be willing to write a review in exchange for a free set. I love using manipulatives in the math classroom, so I jumped at the chance to try these out. Be sure to scroll ALL the way to the end of this post to read about a special offer for Math = Love readers from the makers of Geometiles!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make purchase a set of Geometiles, I will receive a small portion of your purchase price. This does not cost you anything! 


I received a standard set of Geometiles with 96 pieces.


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If you're not quite ready to invest in the set of 96, you can purchase mini sets of 32 pieces. There are three of these mini sets to choose from. These three mini sets put together will form the standard set of 96.

Mini Set 1
Mini Set 2
Mini Set 3
 
If you really love what Geometiles has to offer, you can also invest in a Jumbo Set of 512! This would be perfect for a school to purchase. For an individual classroom teacher, I would recommend the set of 96!  

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I was super excited when the box came in the mail. Even though I was battling a cold, I still *had* to open it!  I LOVE that the box says the tiles are for ages 6 to 106.


Inside the box, I found several pieces of paper with important information.


Geometiles has a TON of free resources on their website for teachers to download. You will need to make a free account in order to download the files.


You will also receive a Quick Start Guide.


The Quick Start Guide gives an overview of the pieces that come in the package. Remember, this is the contents of the set of 96 pieces.


There are instructions for joining the pieces. I found it pretty easy to put the pieces together without the instructions.



As you can see in the photo below, each piece has two different types of connectors that have to be snapped together.

The instructions for taking apart closed structures was SUPER-helpful because I found this to be the hardest part of working with the Geometiles. Even though I had read the Quick Start Guide, I had to go back and study the pictures when it came time to take my pieces apart!


The flap on the box had suggestions of several 3D shapes I could build using my Geometiles.


The Geometiles came packaged in four separate bags.


Each color of piece was stored in a separate bag.


It didn't take long after opening the bags to successfully build my first structure. 


It's a pyramid!


For my next structure, I decided to take on something a bit more ambitious, a dodecahedron!



It's finished!


Soon, my husband decided he had to join in.


He started pulling out all of the triangles in an attempt to create something.


This was my first time using this sort of tiles. My husband, however, had used a different brand of this sort of tiles with his students in Australia. His favorite aspect of the Geometiles is the fact that the pieces stay linked together at the same angle that you link them together at. With other brands, the pieces will flop down flat.


Though the Geometiles by themselves are cool, my math teacher heart loves the activities the most.

Here are some examples from the free Brain Teasers book that can be downloaded from the Geometiles website! These would make the perfect addition to a play table in your classroom.





These puzzles could keep you busy for hours!

Love Tangrams? Geometiles can be used in the same way!

A 140 page PDF file containing 50 different designs to make using Geometiles can be found on the website as a free download!

Here's an example puzzle:

I look forward to printing off the tangram puzzles to put out for earlier finishers on quiz days. 

And, this is only the start of the free resources available for use with Geometiles!

Look at all these FREE resources!



Now that you can see why you need a set of these for your classroom, I'm excited to share a special offer with you, my lovely readers!

The first three people who purchase one 96-piece set using this link will get extra pieces of Geometiles to use with their students.

To enter, please email info@imathgination.com with your Amazon purchase order number and reference this blog post. We would love to hear from you!

Please note, Geometiles are available on Amazon Prime and can be added to your Donors Choose project.

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