Tangram puzzle fun

A tangram is a puzzle consisting of 7 flat geometric shapes. There are 100 kinds of puzzles you can try to solve, but with this post, I would like to show some extra elements you could add to a tangram puzzle.

Animals and people

– Give the children a picture of an animal and let them try to create it with the shapes.
– Guessing game: One child tries to make an animal and the other children have to guess what it is.
– Give the children the name of an animal. They have to try to make 2 different puzzles.

– Make a human shape in a certain position. The children have to copy this position.
– A child can choose to copy the position of one of the other children with the shapes.
– The children get 7 tangram puzzles in different colors. They have to use all the pieces to make a giant. They have to work together and think about what they have to create like a head, arms, body and feet.

Numbers, letters and exploration

– Give the children a number between 0 and 100. They have to race each other to make the number first.
– Give the children a tangram number on a card to look at for 1 minute. After a minute they have to turn it around and try to recreate it.
– A minute to win it: The children try to make as many numbers as possible in a minute. The one who has the most numbers wins.

– You could play a game of hangman and make the letters with the shapes.
– One of the children creates a letter, and the children have to race each other to find an object in the room that has that letter in its name.
– The children get an example of the tangram alphabet. Each turn they have to make a word with the letters but mix them up. The other children have to guess which word it is.

– You give the children a theme like sports and they have to create something with the shapes.
–  Give them 7 blank shapes so that they can create their own tangram puzzle. If they make a drawing on it, they can give it to another child and see if they can figure out how it fits together.
– Making a story: The first child creates something with the shapes and tells everyone what it is. Then the second child creates something next to it and tries to relate that to the former creation. That’s how they will make a story.

Here you can find the tangram shapes: tangram