Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Types of Triangles Board Game

I'm not sure what I was dreaming about or why but when I woke up in the morning I had the idea to make a board game to help my son learn the four types of triangles:

Too afraid to forget the idea, I got out of bed, sacrificing sleep for this new activity.

First, I made a cheat sheet to help my son learn the differences between the four types of triangles.

Then I made a template for a cut-and-fold die with the four types and two other commands. 

Lastly, I made the Travel Around the Triangle game board.

Download and print the free four-page PDF and make this game yourself. (Remember to print the die on cardstock so it's sturdy enough to be rolled around. And when putting the game board together, the bottoms of the pages will not be aligned; use the triangles as your guide for where to tape the two halves together.)

To help get us in the mood, we read Triangles Around Town, which helped us realize that triangles are practically everywhere!

To play the game, I grabbed two small pom poms to use as game pieces for my son and I. You can use anything small - buttons, magnets, two different coins, etc. 

Now, we got rolling. Simply roll the die and move the game piece to the triangle featured. If the top of the die reads "Roll 2 more times and move ahead twice," the player must roll until the die lands on a triangle, move to that triangle on the game board, roll again until another triangle is revealed and move once more. 

If a player rolls the "Roll again and move back to that triangle," the same is true. They must keep rolling until a triangle appears on the top of the die when it stops moving. If the player is at the start, the turn is over and their opponent rolls the die.

The first player to make it to the right-angled triangle at the finish wins!


  1. I am SO THANKFUL for your free math games, you know that, right? They add so much to our homeschooling fun!

    1. I'm so glad your kids enjoy them (and that you do too, for that matter). Thanks for letting me know. Your comment truly fills my bucket!

  2. I really appreciate all the fun activities and free printables you share! Thanks so much! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest.

    1. Thanks for featuring and sharing this activity, Deb! I really appreciate it.