Bad grammar and sloppy typing aside, there is something to be said about illusions. They make us think; they make us reason. Best of all, illusions get the synapses in our brains firing. When synapses come in contact with illusions, there are happy flashes for all. Nasco catalogs are filled with ways to get your imagination going.
Tangrams, for instance. Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles consisting of 7 simple pieces (1 square, 5 triangles, and 1 rhomboid). The challenge is to arrange these 7 pieces into a myriad of shapes: animals, paradoxes, boats, people, and more. Sounds so easy, but it can quickly get very complicated – and fun. Nasco has a book to start you on your tangram way: Tangram 330 Puzzles (TB14665), challenges you with puzzles for all ages and talents. Magnetic Foam Tangrams (TB25459, 28-8” pieces; or TB25458, 28-4” pieces), are great for whiteboard work. We offer sets of colors: Individual Sets (TB17310, 1 set of 7 plastic pieces), Bucket Sets (TB21923, 36 sets of 7 pieces), Bulk Sets (TB21924, 150 sets of 7 pieces), and Class Sets (TB24183 and TB24182) which include tangrams, cards, activity sheets, Fractions with Tangrams book, and a plastic storage container.
Love to draw? Tessellations are for you. Tessellations are any repeating pattern of interlocking geometric shapes that seem to go on forever. Think of Islamic art or a brick floor. But tessellations are so much more fun when you create them yourself! Our Geometric Tessellation Set (TB25562) includes 100 pieces in 5 different shapes; and the Letter Tessellation Set (TB25564) includes 70 pieces in 7 different letter shapes. There are also Animal Templates (9727936), and Curlies (TB25563) Tessellation Sets to bring out the illusionist in you.
Or how about Zentangles®? Zentangles® are abstract drawings created using repetitive patterns. Try our Zentangle® Basics (9729411); Zentangle® 7, Inspiring Circles, Zendalas and Shapes (9732970); the Joy of Zentangle® (9733597); or the Zentangle® Classroom Set (9730988) to keep your illusions growing.
The artist M.C. Escher created some of the most brilliant surrealistic illusions. Nasco carries an Escher Tessellation Poster Set (9720817) which includes six of his most popular works such as Sky and Water and Encounter; the Escher Prints Collection One (Z12124), a set of ten black and white posters, include famous prints of Reptiles, Day and Night, and Bond of Union, just to mention a few; the Escher Prints Collection II (Z40594) is also a collection of 10 prints which include Three Worlds, Balcony, Print Gallery, and seven more.
Do you consider coloring books illusions? Nasco has some sweet ones for you, then. How about Quilt Place Mats to Color (9710326) in quilt block patterns, or Velvet Art Poster Sets in 16” x 20” size (SN02738) or 6” x 9” (SN31627)? Nasco also sells a Mandala Magic (9737089) and a Magic Garden (9737090) coloring books that mix coloring and intricate patterns to form beautiful images.
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