# Geometiles Review

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Teaching geometry? Check out this review of Geometiles, an awesome new math manipulative with endless possibilities.

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.

I received a standard set of Geometiles with 96 pieces.

## What’s In the Box?

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.

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.

## Building with Geometiles

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.

## Free Teaching Resources from Geometiles

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!

## Tangram Puzzles with Geometiles

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! You must create a free account to access the 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!

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

## More Geometry Teaching Resources

- Geometry Jokes and Puns
- Right Triangle Trig Formula Sheet
- Pythagorean Theorem and Distance Formula Notes
- Pythagorean Theorem Day Celebration Ideas
- 25 Fun Geometry Puzzles
- Missing Angles Notes
- Classifying Triangles by Angles and Sides Notes
- Sankaku Puzzles
- Tricky Triangles Puzzle
- Triangular Turkey Puzzle
- Three of Five Puzzle
- SOH CAH TOA Notes