Printable Tangram Worksheet: Ancient Puzzles, Modern-Day Fun
Tangrams (pronounced tang-grums) are dissection puzzles that use the same 7 geometric shapes to create larger images from hundreds of possible combinations. Tangrams use a square, 5 different-sized triangles, and a parallelogram to create images like a fox, goose, or even a human.
The history of tangrams is a long and somewhat mysterious one. Thought to have been originally used by ancient Chinese mathematicians, these mesmerizing puzzles may possibly date back as early as the 1st century. When tangrams made their way to England on trading ships, the Western world couldn’t get enough!
What made these tangram puzzles so addictive and exciting to the British and beyond? We thought we’d give you the chance to try them out and see for yourself!
Find us at any of the homeschool conventions we’re attending in 2019 and try your skill at making one of the many combinations with our tangram stickers!
Can’t join us at a convention? Download this free printable and cut out the tangram shapes. What tangram image can you make?