Felt Tangrams

Tangrams are a great simple way to teach kids basic shapes and math concepts, as well as matching and colors. My kids love to put together tangram puzzles.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To make Tangrams you really only need two things: felt and scissors. If you wanted a template you can easily find one online and you can use that to cut your shapes. Or you could free-hand cut them.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Start by cutting out your shapes. Tangrams are made with shapes with straight sides, so cut triangles, rectangles, diamonds, triangles, rhombuses, hexagons, and so on. Cut out a nice array of shapes and in different colors.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Then they are ready for kids to use. They can make their own designs on blank paper or you can print tangram puzzles for them to fill in. My 3 year old liked both, especially making animals.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    The puzzle aspect is figuring out what shapes will fill the space without leaving any white space behind. Put the pieces in a bag and you can bring them anywhere!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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