Why Tangram ?

The tangram, whatever its true origins, is an ancient Chinese puzzle made from a large square cut into seven pieces, each of which is called a tan. About 4000 years ago in China, there lived a fine craftsman called Tan. To honour the Emperor, he designed and made a very beautiful glazed tile. The entire village went with Tan to present this tile to the Emperor, but at the palace Tan tripped and fell. The magnificent tile broke into seven pieces.

Everyone tried to help to put the tile together again. They were unsuccessful, but they did succeed in creating many different geometric shapes and pictures. The emperor, hearing the noises from his people, sent an attendant to find out what was happening. Upon his return the Emperor was delighted with the gift of the seven-piece puzzle which gave him hours of entertainment and enjoyment.

The tangram became popular in Europe during the last century. The square divided into seven shapes can be made into a limitless number of designs and geometric shapes. The basics are easy, but tangrams can fascinate people for a lifetime.

The Tangram logo was chosen to show the possibilities of transformation from a basic form into another more intricate and interesting form. Transformation is possible without losing sight of the original aims.

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