Tangrams To Go

by Stefani on 10-September-2008

Hi Y'all!

Just a quick pop in today. We've got "miles and miles to go before (we) sleep."… meaning my to-do list is lengthy and I need another cup of coffee. 

Anyhow, I wanted to tell you about something that has become quite the rage in my house, and on the go, for that matter. 

Tangrams!!!

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We found a book on the clearance rack at our local book store, and picked up a package of four tangram sets

Two of the sets stay at home and come out when I'm making lunch or dinner. This goes a LONG way to preserve my sanity when the "how LONG is this going to take? I'm STARVING!" begins. 

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I just put together a few of the puzzles and traced the outline one night while I watched some of "Into the West" (have I told you how much I love Netflix?). 

The boys pick one out. Sometimes they color it in, and then they do the puzzle. If dinner still isn't ready, they swap. 

The other two tangram sets are slipped into my purse (big thanks to this zippered bag tutorial), to have on hand when we have some unexpected wait time (car inspection, dentist office, etc.)

I just photo-copied a few pages of the books, cut them into smaller squares and slipped them into the bags with the tangrams. 

A world of warning… they're pretty addictive. You  might want to reserve a set for yourself too 🙂

Linn September 10, 2008 at 8:49 am

I loved using tangrams in my classroom when I was teaching. You should find the book ‘Grandfather Tang’s Story’…the kids can make the tangram shapes as you read it to them…so fun.

Kelly September 10, 2008 at 8:49 am

Brilliant! We have a cupboard in our kitchen reserved for things like this, the toys we pull out when we’re heading out to run errands or dinner’s late or something like that. My boys (I also have 3! :)) know these are “special” toys. These would be a perfect addition! Thanks for sharing!

Katie September 10, 2008 at 9:02 am

Hi there, sorry I haven’t been over to visit in a while~computer crashed on me.

I love tanagrams. I have a set that my kids drag out from time to time.

We read the Edward Tulane book and have been busy making our own Edwards….thanks for all of your great ideas!

Donna September 10, 2008 at 9:59 am

Isn’t Into the West a lovely movie? Another one that has a similar magical feeling is The Secret of Roan Innish.

Miranda September 10, 2008 at 10:11 am

This is cool on so many levels! My boys would love the tanagrams. And I think I will make some for my 4 yr DD on an easier level. Those zippered bags are great… I love the fabric. Thank you so much for the link! We also just picked up the Edward Tulane book. Thanks for the great ideas.

coffeechris September 10, 2008 at 11:13 am

Great idea – love the zippered bags. Quilt making uses Tangram concepts – my son would do wonderful fabric mosaics with them – can use foundation fabric, cut out shapes and glue stick even. Enjoy your blog and visit often

Teresa September 10, 2008 at 11:42 am

Wow, I love this! We have not ventured into tanagrams yet, but I definitely think my daughter would be interested! And I love those little pouches. Very cute!

Aimee Greeblemonkey September 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Declan loves these!

Hannah September 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Too cool! I think I could actually make that bag — it just might be within the range of my sewing skills!
Definitely going to pick up some Tangrams. 🙂

Allison September 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Yep. Tangrams are a big hit with my 7 year old, too.

Mary Smith September 10, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Stephani, you are definately up on the latest! Tangrams are used a lot in schools! What amazing hands-on opportunities you provide for your kids!

Mary Smith September 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Stefani, you are certainly up on the latest! Tangrams are used all the time in schools. I love reading about all the amazing hand-on opportunities that you provide for your kids!

Kristi September 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm

i recognize that pencil bag!

Amy September 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm

We also LOVE these in our house.

Lindsey September 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Oh fun! We had something like that in my math class in elementary school, and it was always so exciting to play with. SO many possibilities!

dianeinjapan September 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Oh, we love Tangrams around here! We have several different sets. What great little bags you made for yours!

Dayle September 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Ooooohh, I remember Tangrams! “Memories…like the corners of my miiinndd…misty water-colored memories…” anyways…I just had a major kindergarten flash-back.

Mandy September 11, 2008 at 5:38 am

Oh I use to love Tangrams. I have been on a quest to make things for the girls now that Emmalee is in kindergarten and she is more interested. So far we have made number puzzles, and egg carton games and right now we are all making our own board game. We could totally make Tandems! What a great idea. Thanks!

Eren September 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Oh yes, S loves tangrams now and he can’t wait until the boys get into them…maybe it won’t be that long after all. That is when the caterpillars have lost their magic.

OMSH September 15, 2008 at 7:47 pm

We love, love, love, love them.
It makes remembering what a trapezoid, rhombus, and parallelogram are shaped like FUN.

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