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Half-term activity: Rep-tiles

This half-term, we’re making reptiles out of rep-tiles!

A rep-tile is a shape that can be joined with several identical copies (replicating tiles) to create a larger version of itself. It can also be divided into smaller copies of the same shape.

With this activity you will:

    • explore rotation, reflection and enlargement as you create repeating tile patterns

    • use spatial skills to visualise and combine similar shapes

    • practice problem solving

Squares can be rep-tiles. Four squares can be combined to make a larger square. Triangles can be rep-tiles too – can you work out how?

Download the activity sheet below for step-by-step instructions and 5 different shape templates to explore.



Check out this rep-tile example 👀

Step 1 – draw some replicating tiles.

We have used squares for this one.

Step 2 – draw your reptile!

We have drawn a Madagascan bigheaded turtle.

Step 3 – cut out the rep-tiles.

Jumble them up and ask someone else to make a reptile using rep-tiles!

Which reptile will you choose? Don’t forget to share your creations with us to info@mathsontoast.org.uk or on TwitterFacebook or Instagram tagging @mathsontoast

Plus you can find even more creative maths activities + games on our Fun Maths at Home page.