Tangrams

A yellow, green, red and white information panel with the title 'Tangrams'. In the centre of the panel is a red square that is made up of different small shapes.
A blue and orange exhibit table, with a yellow, green and white information panel on top, and a green and a blue wall behind. On top of the table are a range of differnt flat orange shapes.

How it works

See how many shapes can be made from the same seven geometric puzzle pieces.

Things to try or ask around the exhibit

How many shapes can you make from the seven pieces?

Background

This Tangram puzzle originated in China possibly 4000 years ago.

A similar puzzle is Dudney’s Triangle. It involves cutting a square into several pieces, then rearranging them to make a triangle.

Finding the science in your world

Working through puzzles like this can help to develop problem solving skills. When people solve puzzles and other problems, they may use trial and error, insight (mental manipulation of available information), or a technique that has worked in the past (heuristics).