Tangrams are a fun puzzle activity that’s perfect for STEAM classrooms, road trip busy bags, and educational playtime anywhere. Use the shapes to create a dog, a turtle, and other creations on the challenge cards. This set includes 4 printable tangrams and 8 challenge cards.
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Tangrams are a simple 7-piece puzzle that fits together as a square. The individual pieces can be put together in an infinite number of combinations to make other shapes. They make a good activity for kids who need to be busy or just enjoy a good brain challenge. Tangrams are fun because while there are plenty of difficult puzzles for older kids to make with these, but even preschoolers will enjoy the simplest ones.
My son has a set of metal tangrams. I’ve also seen them made from plastic or wood.
Because they are such a fun activity for kids of all ages, I decided to make a printable tangrams set and a few challenge cards.
Tangrams and challenge cards
This printable is three 8.5×11-inch pages. The first page is the tangrams. I fit four sets on a single page. Although the original game uses just one set, you can combine sets and get creative when you have more shapes to use.
The next two pages are challenge cards. There are four pictures on each page, and each one requires only a single set of tangrams. They’re simple enough for young kids to be able to do them, but my 9-year-old also likes to play with them.
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, be sure to check out my tangrams mandala puzzles too. They include 4 different symmetrical spiraled patterns to build.
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I recommend printing these on cardstock. You could also print them on heavier cover stock paper or something else more durable, but I haven’t tried it. If you’re giving them to a young child, it might be worthwhile to laminate every piece to make them more durable.
On the tangrams page, cut out each of the four squares and then cut each one into the smaller shapes. Cut the challenge cards into four along the dotted lines.
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