Tangram Challenge

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In this activity about tangrams, learners print and cut out their own tangram shapes and solve puzzles by fitting these geometric pieces together in a variety of ways. This is an excellent activity for all ages, and helps learners practice looking at things in a different way.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • tangram patterns
  • tangram sets in resealable bags (precut wood, plastic or cardboard)
  • bin or totes
  • Variety of tangram pictures around the room


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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