The object of the Tangram is to assemble the 7 pieces of puzzle into a square inside the frame. We’ve also added a sheet with 10 more shapes to assemble outside the frame with the same pieces. Solutions are also included. Instead of the traditional chinese shapes we’ve created shapes of 10 Aussie icons. See a couple of examples in our photos (but don’t let the kids see the answers!). Can you guess what Aussie icons they are?
The Tangram is a traditional Chinese puzzle. The earliest documented tangram puzzle of any kind is one of carved ivory that was brought to America and probably purchased in Canton by an employee of Robert Waln (1765-1836), a prominent Philadelphia importer. The bottom of this puzzle’s small silk-covered pasteboard box is inscribed, F. Waln April 4th 1802. It’s safe to assume that if foreign merchants were purchasing fancy ivory tangram sets in Canton in 1802, then simple wood and cardboard versions must have been popular in China even earlier. (Information thanks to Wei Zhang & Peter Rasmussen at the Classical Chinese Puzzle Project. Read so much more about the Tangram Puzzle here at their website: http://chinesepuzzles.org/tangram/)
The pieces of classic 7 piece Tangram puzzle have been painted in bright colours to attract children and encourage them to play.
The wood used for the products vary from rubber wood, beech wood, birch wood, pine wood, plywood and many others depending on its suitability to the design of the products. All the wood used is tested to comply with Australia’s regulations for the child’s safety. Besides that, the paints used on the products are tested separately to guarantee its non-toxic content.
Size: 108mm x 108mm x 10mm Includes sheet with 10 Aussie icons to make with the shapes and the solutions.