The tangram is a puzzle game that originated in China during the 1800s. It rapidly spread to the United States and Europe, and became very popular with both children and adults. Each tangram puzzle has seven pieces, also called tans, cut from one large square—two large triangles, one medium-sized triangle, two small triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. It is a puzzle that requires imagination and creativity.
The beauty of the magnetic paper is that now your tangrams will stick to metal. Use a baking sheet, craft tin, or metal clipboard to keep all those pieces contained. At home, you can put them on the fridge or dishwasher for when the kids need to be entertained during meal prep.
Have fun, and happy travels!
A few notes about these tangrams:
- As you can see, the large tans hang over the edge of my cookie sheet in many of the solutions. For travel, I would recommend the smaller tans (printed 4 to a sheet) so the solutions don't get so big.
- Some of the solutions online do not work with this set because of the way the parallelogram is oriented (even some of the ones on Annie's website). If you're having trouble figuring out a solution, try turning the parallelogram over, or flipping the whole shape you're attempting to make horizontally.