May 9

Tangrams

A  tangram is a traditional Chinese puzzle made of a square divided into seven pieces (one parallelogram, one square and five triangles) that can be arranged to create designs.

Legend has it that long ago in China there lived a man named Tan.  He dropped a beautiful ceramic tile, his most prized possession, and it broke into seven geometric pieces.  He spent the rest of his life trying to put it back together.

The first challenge was to take a set of tans and make a square.  I was very impressed with the children’s perseverance.  Congratulations to Brandon and Mitchell for being the first two to make the square.  In the video below, Mason’s brother demonstrates how to put the tans back together. (Taken May 2012)

Go here to play with tangrams online:

Tangram Puzzles (ABCYa)