# Tangram Puzzles

Ready for some Tangram Puzzles! The tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made up of seven geometric shapes that cab be used to lots and lots of pictures.

The 7 shapes are:

• 5 triangles
• 1 square
• 1 parallelogram . You can see the 7 shapes in the figure shown below. As you can see in the picture, these 7 tangram shapes are always made from a square

• To get started making a set of tangrams, a piece of construction works great. Now grab a pair of scissors and you can watch the short video below that will show you how to easily make a tangram set.

Make Your Own Tangram Set Video... Watch this short video to get started making your tangram set.

If you already have a set of tangrams then you can jump right to sovling the tangram puzzles.

### Tangram #1

Try to construct the tangram cat using you 7 tangram shapes. It might seem difficult at first, but soon you should get the hang of it.

Can't solve it? Don't worry you can check out the tangram solution to see how it's done.

## 7 Benefits of Tangram Puzzles

• Promotes critical thinking: Tangram puzzles help children to think logically and creatively to solve the puzzles. The ability to reason logically is an important skill for children to have when it comes to solving math problems.
• Enhances problem-solving skills: Tangram puzzles are a great way to teach children how to solve complex problems as they must use logic and problem-solving skills to complete the puzzles.
• Develops spatial awareness: Tangram puzzles require children to think in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. This helps them to understand shapes, sizes and spatial relationships which is key to understanding math concepts.
• Improve fine motor skills: Tangram puzzles involve manipulating and fitting small pieces together with the hands. This strengthens fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, both important skills for math.
• Enhances cognitive skills: Tangram puzzles exercise the brain and help to develop cognitive skills such as memory, concentration, and strategic planning.
• Teaches patience and persistence: Completing tangram puzzles requires patience and persistence as children must work through each step until the puzzle is completed.
• Fun and entertaining: Tangram puzzles are fun and entertaining and can help