A Tangram puzzle focuses on the objective to rearrange the seven separate pieces into a complete image of various shapes (in outline or silhouette only).
Coming from China (read its brief history), this logic game brings the mathematical thought of Asia and incorporates it with bright colours and charming figures.
The classic rules are simple : all tangram pieces (or tans) must be used, they must lay flat, all must touch and none may overlap.
Tangrams shapes are geometric. A complete set is formed from seven polygonal flat pieces.
In a Tangram puzzle set there are :
The seven individual tangram pieces are called tans.
Tangram puzzles are thought to have originated in China in the Tang Dynasty of the Middle Ages, although some claim that they are over 4000 years old. This rich history of applied gaming found its way to Europe in the early 19th Century.
Finding popularity with those eager to exercise their brain power in an original way, the puzzles took their place as a prestigiously educational form of entertainment.
When teaching children about geometry, tangrams are often used because they are fun and effective teaching aids.
So let's explore a whole world of geometry in the very old dissection puzzle called the Tangram.
www.tangram-channel.com provides fun videos which allow two (or more) players to compete against each other with their tangrams.
Solo mode :
Take your tangram pieces, launch the video and try to solve the puzzle before the timer runs out.
Your students will absolutely love using these tangram shapes to solve puzzles.