Magna-Tiles Tessellations

A tessellation is a tiling of shapes that fit perfectly together. There are no gaps or overlays! When the tessellation is made by repeating one shape (a regular polygon) in a pattern, we call it a regular tessellation. When the tiling is made of two or more regular polygons, we call it a semi-regular tessellation.

There are three regular polygons that can make regular tessellations: equilateral triangles, squares, and hexagons! (seen in image below)

Magna-Tects, we can demonstrate the three regular tessellations with Magna-Tiles!

Equilateral Triangles

Valtech Magna-Tiles Regular Tessellation equilateral triangle

Small Squares

Valtech Magna-Tiles Regular Tessellation small squares

Hexagons

Valtech Magna-Tiles Tessellation hexagons

 

Cool Patterns! When two or more Shapes are used in a Tessellation, we call it a semi-regular tessellation.

A Semi-regular tessellation is made of two or more regular polygons.

A Semi-regular tessellation is made of two or more regular polygons. In this case, squares and rhombi.

 

Magna-Tiles Connect: In real life, find tessellations all around you in architecture, everyday objects, nature, math, and science!

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