Tangram consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. Over 6500 different tangram problems have been created and the current number is ever-growing
Tangram excites the imagination with its simplicity and logic. It capture those who are passionate about mathematics with artistic inclinations.
It is said Napoleon Bonaparte used the game before after battles to relax, poet Edgar Allen Poe used it for inspiration, author of Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll was simply fascinated by this game!
It is reputed to have been invented in China. In the early nineteenth century, there was a tangram craze in Europe, and the book displays cartoons depicting people neglecting their spouses, children and other relationships while they attempt to solve tangram puzzles.
There always exist the powerful human need for quality mind-stretching entertainment and Tangram is surely one of the way to achieve it.
Making a Tangram:
Cut over the blue lines and color the pieces if you wish.
Some of the examples of puzzles are: