Tangrams and Other Dissection Puzzles

tangram-cat[Photo by jimmiehomeschoolmom.]

One of the things I meant to do with my elementary math class (the one that got canceled due to low enrollment):

And then we would play around with Tangram puzzles, and perhaps make up a few of our own.

Advanced Tangram Puzzles

If I were to do a tangram unit with older students, I would be sure to include a few of these tidbits from Archimedes’ Laboratory:


  • TangraMagic
    15 more tangram paradoxes to challenge your students.

Can You Put These Together?

If your students like Tangrams, you may enjoy playing around with a few other dissection puzzles. My favorites:

For Further Study

The author has a new book in print: Geometric Puzzle Design.

7 thoughts on “Tangrams and Other Dissection Puzzles

  1. Hi! Tangrams are similar to Soma Cubes, but I was surprised that I’m pretty bad at tangrams (I always have to “cheat”) but I was almost a natural at soma cubes!

    You asked about the cubes. Sorry, but they were already glued together when we got to class. The teacher did suggest buying some wooden cubes and making our own, but she didn’t answer any of the questions you posted on my blog. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

    1. Put something on Flickr with a Creative Commons license, and there’s no telling where it will end up. Thanks for the picture!

  2. I didn’t know that, Glenn. Thanks for the tidbit! But I will quibble with your description of who enjoys tangrams the most. I think people can be highly perceptive without being attracted to visual puzzles. 🙂

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