What are they?
Chinese Tangrams are squares divided into 7 shapes called TANS. It includes two large triangles, one medium sized triangles, two small triangles, one small square and one parallelogram. The tangram (Chinese: pinyin: qīqiǎobǎn) literally means "seven boards of skill".
TANS as Puzzles
The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap.
It is reputed to have been invented in China during the Song Dynasty, and then carried over to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century. It became very popular in Europe for a time then, and then again during World War I. It is one of the most popular dissection puzzles in the world.
A Chinese psychologist has termed the tangram "the earliest psychological test in the world", albeit one made for entertainment rather than for analysis.
Code Explorers uses Chinese Tangrams as a tool to develop spatial abilities and creativity in children. Enjoy!
The objects below are 3D models created using AutoCAD TinkerCad
software. The objects were animated to give you a 360 degree view of each TAN 3D object. To play:
Click on any animated image below. You will be ported to a 3D webpage that allows you to see the 3D object. You can use your mouse, touchscreen or pointer to resize, rotate and position the 3D object on your screen.
Use the TANS in your package follow the 3D models to create your physical puzzles.