Series: Hear from the Experts

# Tangram Puzzles: Make One For Your Kids

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Instructor Lisa Ginet explains how to make tangram puzzles, an ancient Chinese game made from seven shapes cut from a square. Over 6500 different arrangements can be made from these seven simple shapes!

## Why is this important?

Students often enjoy putting tangrams together to make forms that represent people or animals. Prompting students to match arrangements in silhouette form (that is, without the outline of each shape shown) is a good way for them to reinforce their spatial reasoning skills.

### Big Idea

Shapes can be combined and separated (composed and decomposed) to make new shapes. More

### Common Core Alignment

Geometry More

Source: Erikson Institute • Copyright: Erikson Institute • Content ID: ED283 ➀

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# Myths of Early Mathematics (Part 3)

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## What do you think?

#### Paula G. Stout

March 8, 2017 at 3:34pm

Hi,

I wonder if online games such as https://www.brainzilla.com/puzzles/tangram/ (or others apps in tablets) are as good to the kids development as the old fashioned that this video promotes.

Thanks,
Paula