STEM Challenge -Math Heart Challenge

In honor of Valentine’s Day this weekend, let’s test your math and shape knowledge to see if you can arrange 20 identical triangles to create a heart that you can give as a Valentine!

Visit our blog every Thursday to see our latest STEM challenge and share your creations on social media using #CMMSSTEMChallenge or by emailing marketing@childrensmanor.com. Be sure to submit your photos to us by Monday, February 15, 2021!

    • Printed Triangles and Solution Sheet
      • Page 1 is used to cut the 20 triangles & page 2 is the answer sheet (so don’t peek until you’re finished!)
    • Scissors
    • Glue stick or tape
    • Paper
    1. Print or recreate the Triangles and Solution Sheet. To make your heart more colorful, you can print the 20 triangles directly onto colored printer paper to make more colorful triangles, or you can color the triangles before cutting them out.
    2. If your child is old enough, have them practice carefully cutting out the triangles (from page 1).
    3. It’s time to build your heart! How can we take all 20 of these triangles and make a heart shape? You will have to turn, flip and slide the triangles to make the right shape. We have three different challenges that you can choose from or you can do all three!
      • Matching Challenge: Match and glue the triangles directly onto the heart shape answer sheet. Think and talk about how the shapes have to turn to match the triangle on the sheet.
      • Mirror Challenge: Take a look at the heart-shaped answer sheet (page 2 on the triangle sheet) and recreate the pattern of triangles on your own blank paper.
      • Get Creative Challenge: While there is a solution to this math puzzle, there really is no wrong answer. Get creative and see if you can create a heart in a different way than the answer key!

Don’t forget to send a photo of you with your heart math puzzle to marketing@childrensmanor.com by Monday, February 15th! You can even gift this project as a Valentine!

Activity Credit: Innovation Kids Lab