Tricky Tangrams

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In this activity (on pages 49-54 of PDF), learners play with tangrams, a set of triangles, squares and a parallelogram that can combine into a larger square as well as all sorts of other shapes. The lesson plan includes a printable tangram template. A brief history of the puzzle's origins in China is mentioned, along with suggestions to invite visitors to participate. Books and websites with interesting tangram puzzles are also suggested.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Tangram sets x 4 (make your own or purchase sets)
  • Copies of tangram worksheets
  • Tangram puzzle sheets
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Baggies (to transport tangram pieces home)


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      • Plane Geometry
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      • Problem Solving


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access