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A Fun Way for Children to Learn Math Skills

Posted on: June 7, 2010

What are Tangrams?

Tangrams are puzzles made of seven flat shapes (tans) which are put together to form different shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to create a shape using all seven pieces without having any pieces overlap.

Manipulating tangrams provides children with very complex mathematical skills. Tangrams show shape properties, congruency, symmetry, perimeter, area, and more! Studies have shown that using manipulative activities such as tangrams is the best way to teach young children geometric concepts.

Moving, flipping, and turning the different pieces of these puzzles teaches young learners spatial awareness that isn’t learned when simply looking at a shape on a page and naming it. It shows children that different shapes have unique properties – squares and squares fit together, and two triangles can usually be combined to form a rectangle, and so on.

These seven shapes can be very helpful in teaching your little one math skills, and it’s a good way to keep them occupied – if only for a few minutes!


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