Nov17

## Geometry and 2D Shapes with the Help of a Tangram

In today’s post we’re going to talk about Geometry and and 2D figures. To help us, we’re going to use an old Chinese game, Tangram.

The **Tangram** is a puzzle made up of 7 pieces: a parallelogram (rhomboid), a square, and 5 triangles. The objective of this game is to create shapes using the 7 pieces. The pieces must touch but not overlap.

The Tangram, apart from being a game that stimulates creativity, is a good didactic material that helps to develop the knowledge of different mathematical skills, specifically geometry. It is frequently used to introduce concepts of 2D geometry.

##### Let’s take a look at the shapes we use with the Tangram:

**Triangle:** A polygon with three sides and three angles.

**Square:** A polygon with four equal sides and four right angles.

**Parallelogram:** A polygon with four sides, which has two sets of equal sides and two sets of equal angles.

At Smartick we go one step further and introduce more shapes, so we can make almost everything we can imagine. Let’s take a look at what 2D geometrical figures the Smartick Rooster is made up of:

The Smartick Rooster contains **1 square:**

If you count, you will find that the Smartick Rooster is made up of **6 triangles**:

There’s also **1 rhomboid**:

The Smartick Rooster’s belly is made from a pentagon.** A pentagon i**s a 2D geometric figure with five sides and five equal angles.

Its legs are made from a rectangle.** A** **rectangle **is a parallelogram that has two sets of equal sides and four right angles.

The feet are made from an oval.** An oval** is a squashed circle that represents an ovoid or elliptical shape.

You could make your own Tangram with all these 2D figures!!

There are many more 2D shapes you can find if you investigate… Take a look at our previous posts to see if you can find any more shapes than the ones we’ve seen today:

- Geometric Plane Shapes
- Discover Geometric Figures Found in Our Environment
- Geometric Shape: Properties of a Square
- Geometric Shape: Circle

If you want to keep learning primary mathematics, register with Smartick and try it for free.

### Learn More:

- Discover Geometric Figures Found in Our Environment
- Geometric Plane Shapes: Circles, Triangles, Rectangles, Squares, and Trapezoids
- Geometric Figures and Straight Lines
- Geometric Shape: Properties of a Square
- Do You Dare to Try and Solve this Math Riddle?

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