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