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.
How to make a tangram WITH a template - Printable
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How to fold a tangram WITHOUT a template - Printable
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1. Try to solve these Free Tangram Puzzles
The first puzzle page is easy, there are spaces between the shapes, and therefore you can see the solutions. Can you see what these images are?
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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?
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The third page, now it is getting difficult - try to solve these tangram puzzles.
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2. Create your own tangram images and pictures with these printable tangram puzzles. Remember to post the pictures to our website!
3. Use online tangrams to solve and create puzzle shapes.
Use the online tangram at this Educational Website. There are many more!
PRINTABLE TANGRAM PATTERNS
8 Printable Tangram Puzzles in various colors and other printable tangram patterns and solutions
47 Other: Designs, Puzzles and Solutions
MORE TANGRAM IMAGES
PURCHASE A TANGRAM
From as little as $4.95. Click on image.
7 Wood Tangram Tans in wooden box
Tangram Book and Puzzle in a slip case
PLAY TANGRAM GAMES
Tangram Games are a great challenge! Here are some of the best games!
FREE TANGRAM PUZZLES
Print some more free tangram pictures, shapes, puzzles to solve.
100+ PUZZLES and SOLUTIONS
Some great tangram sites for teachers for interactive learning.
APPLES4THETEACHER.com - Interactive Tangram
ABCYA.com - Interactive Tangram
TANGRAM ACTIVITIES FOR THE CLASSROOM WITH WORKSHEETS
Download activities and worksheets using a Tangram as part of the curriculum.
TANGRAM FOR THE CLASS - 26 pages of activities and worksheets.
THE BEST TANGRAM BOOKS
Some with Tangram Shapes or Patterns and Hundreds of Puzzles & Solutions - From as little as $4.47 - Click on image of book to view.
1600 Ancient Chinese Tangram Puzzles
500 Tricky Tangram Shapes
2000 Tangram Puzzles
INTERESTING TANGRAM FACTS
HISTORY OF THE TANGRAM
History - Learn about the origin, roots and mathematical research from someone who knows more about the history of puzzles than anyone else.
Ivory & Glass Tangrams - View examples of carved tangrams and tangrams made from other exquisite materials.
We are always on the lookout for the best deals, you can find the best tangram puzzles and books at this little link. Remember when you go to this page there are a lot of options to choose from in the left column, simply tick the type or age related boxes to find exactly what you want.
Challenge us with your newly created Tangram Image!
Did you create a new tangram image/picture? Share it or challenge all the tangram fans to solve it!
What Other Visitors Have Said
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Mountains Not rated yet
I use all of the pieces to arrange my tangrams into a range of small and big mountains, the trapezium being on top of the square.
You can create a mountain …
KEY-HOLE Not rated yet
Anyone up for a tangram challenge? Solve this tangrams image puzzle if you can, it is a keyhole. Then comment with your solution at the bottom of this …
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