Tangrams




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.

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TANGRAM SHAPES

The tangram consists of 7 geometrical shapes - 5 triangles (small, medium and large), 1 Square and 1 parallelogram, all cut from 1 perfect square.

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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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TANGRAM ACTIVITIES

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!

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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
TANGRAM PRINTABLES

47 Other: Designs, Puzzles and Solutions
MORE TANGRAM IMAGES


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PLAY TANGRAM GAMES

Tangram Games are a great challenge! Here are some of the best games!

SAGWA TANGRAM

KIDSCOM TANGRAM




FREE TANGRAM PUZZLES

Print some more free tangram pictures, shapes, puzzles to solve.

FUNORAMA PAGE 1

FUNORAMA PAGE 2

FUNORAMA PAGE 3




INTERACTIVE TANGRAM

Some great tangram sites for teachers for interactive learning.

APPLES4THETEACHER.com - Interactive Tangram

ABCYA.com - Interactive Tangram



THE BEST TANGRAM BOOKS

Some with Tangram Shapes or Patterns and Hundreds of Puzzles & Solutions - From as little as $6.47




INTERESTING TANGRAM FACTS

HISTORY OF THE TANGRAM
History - Learn about the origin, roots and mathematical research.

BEAUTIFUL TANGRAMS
Ivory & Glass Tangrams - View examples of carved tangrams and tangrams made from other exquisite materials.



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!

Title of your Image ex: Swan

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