We recently took this book ‘Grandfather Tang’s Story’ by Ann Tompert out of the library and started to explore using tangrams to make pictures.The tanagram is an ancient Chinese puzzle. A square is cut up into seven pieces and then used to create silhouettes of a shape, that could be a person, a animal, an object. All seven pieces should be used, they should be touching each other, though not overlapping.
Our little munchkins made all the tanagram pictures in the book. Here you can see a fox, a fish, a rabbit and a swan. Some of the silhouettes really do require a lot of imagination to see what the picture is meant to be. We created a rather dodgy looking lion and the fish was a little bizarre.
In the world of imagination anything can be anything so I think we will be okay!
Our little munchkins started to create some pictures of their own. We did cheat on some occasions by not using all seven pieces.Tanagrams can be a great educational tool. Have a look at this article from Parenting Science for more information and ideas.
Do you know of any ancient games or puzzels that are fun for children? Please comment below
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