What is a tangram and what is the purpose of a tangram?
Tangrams are ancient, truly fascinating Chinese Puzzles, made up of seven movable geometrical shapes, with which you can create thousands of pictures and designs. Learn to make your own, the easy way.
The purpose of this puzzle is to use all seven pieces or tans to create a picture or design. The ancient rules dictate that the pieces must lie flat, they must touch and they are not allowed to overlap.
Another fun activity is to solve puzzles - this means you take a tangram picture/image and figure out how the shapes were placed to create that image - sounds easier than it is. Share your ideas below.
The tangram consists of 7 geometrical shapes - 5 triangles (small, medium and large), 1 Square and 1 parallelogram, all cut from 1 perfect square.
Let us show you how to make a Tangram, with or without a template - it is very simple.
This page is filled with tangram activities - the shapes, puzzles and designs, solutions, a little history, printable patterns, images and templates.
You will also find links to tangram games, other great tangram patterns, interesting facts and books.
What do you need to make a tangram?
A tangram can be made of thick cardboard, felt, foam sheets, magnetic sheets, wood and more, the choice is yours.
You need a square sheet of the material you choose to use: 12 x 12 cm is fine, a marker and a scissor
The Chinese made them from these ordinary materials as well as precious metals, mother of pearl or ivory.
TANGRAM TEMPLATE: HOW TO MAKE A TANGRAM
These are printable patterns and instructions for making tangrams, there are a number of ways to create a tangram.
The second page, a bit more difficult, now you are no longer guided by the spaces between the images (the way it should be). Can you solve these tangram pictures? Which shapes were placed where to create these images?