# Math Fun with Tangram Puzzles

April 11th, 2022

It’s Monday, April 11, 2022, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

The Tangram Channel

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc. Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.

This website offers terrific information about Tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, read what a Tangram is and read its brief history. Scroll down the page to locate free printables (a link to the Teachers Pay Teachers website where you can join for free and download any free resource).

Then look at the menu at the top of the page and use it to explore:

• Tangram Puzzles
• Tangram Solutions
• Crafts & Activities
• And much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

# Tangrams!

August 10th, 2020

It’s Monday, August 10, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Tangram Channel

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc. Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.

This website offers terrific information about Tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, read what a Tangram is and read its brief history. Scroll down the page to locate free printables (a link to the Teachers Pay Teachers website where you can join for free and download any free resource).

Then look at the menu at the top of the page and use it to explore:

• Tangram Puzzles
• Tangram Solutions
• Crafts & Activities
• And much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

# Christmas Cookie History & More

December 13th, 2018

It’s Thursday, December 13, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday season. Learn a fascinating account of the history of cookies from the 7th Century to modern times.

• Anzac Biscuits
• Biscotti
• Fig Newtons
• Macaroons
• and more.

It includes recipes too!

And here are more sites – see how many subjects you can incorporate into the act of baking cookies!

Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

Find Christmas cookie recipes from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, and Yugoslavia! Ask your children to find the country of origin of each type of cookie you bake on a globe or map.

The Food Timeline: Christmas food history

Discover a variety of Christmas food traditions, including the baking of cookies, with this timeline featuring information, quotes and recipes from a variety of resources.

The Science Spot: Case #1225: Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery (Note: Geared for middle school and up.)

Get A FREE, downloadable and printable chemistry lesson themed around Christmas cookies. You’ll also find the printable teacher’s classroom instructions here.

Welcome to the Family Table: Free Elementary Math Worksheets: Munchable Math-Christmas Cookies

Left Brain Craft Brain: Tangram Christmas Cookies

Make math yummy and fun with these wonderful tangram Christmas Cookies. Includes all recipes and instructions for making these simple, buttery confections as well as a downloadable printable template for cutting the dough for your tangram and more.

Family Education: Free, Printable Christmas Cookie E-Book

# Tangrams!

September 4th, 2015

It’s Monday, August 3, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Tangrams

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc.  Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.
This website offers terrific information about tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, view a YouTube video to show you how to make a reversible tangram set. Look at the menu on the right side of the page and use it to explore:
• History – Read about the history of tangram puzzles and how they became so popular.
• Make It – Get instructions to make your own set of tangrams pieces.
• Puzzles – Print out free tangram puzzles along with a set of rules, and use your skill and intuition to find solutions.
• And much more!
Scroll down the page to locate:
• The latest tangrams
• The pattern of the week
• “Play against the clock” videos
Continue to scroll down to find all categories of tangram puzzles, worksheets and much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

# Variety of Math Games & Logic Puzzles!

October 28th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Monday, October 28, 2013 and time for math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

A Kid’s Math

Age Range: All (with parental supervision, non-readers will need assistance.)

This ad-supported website offers a wide variety of free, fun, interactive math games and logic puzzles.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that includes:

*Arithmetic Games – Play games that hone addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.

*Memory Match Games – Match words to equivalent numerals.

*Logic Puzzles – Get printable Kakuro and Sudoku puzzles, slider puzzles, tangram puzzles and much more.

Click on any one and a new page opens where you can read the instructions and launch the game.

The games offer a great way to brush up on math skills without the tedium of practice drills. The logic puzzles will challenge players of all ages.

# Challenging Math Puzzles, ‘Numberpedia,’ and More!

December 3rd, 2012

Hi! It’s Monday, December 3, 2012 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Archimedes’ Laboratory

Age Range: 9 and up (Approximately, with parental supervision. Younger children may enjoy aspects of this site, too.)

This amazing commercial and ad-supported website was developed by fervent European puzzle enthusiasts, G. A. Sarcone and M.J. Waeber who comunicate the wonders of mathematics and science to the public through challenging and entertaining puzzles. You’ll find all kinds of free puzzles and brain teasers that incorporate math, logic, and geometry problems to challenge young minds to think in ways that lead to discovery and greater understanding.

When you get to the site, you’ll land on the “Puzzles & Tests” page that archives a selection of puzzles, tests, math games, brain-teasers, tangram-like manipulatives, and mental tricks. There’s a brief introduction (available in English, French, and Italian), and a menu that includes:

*Monthly Puzzle – Solve it and win a prize.

*Create Your Own – Get instructions and inspiration to build your own puzzles and try hundreds of puzzle activities.

• Numbers in Various Writing Systems
• Numbers’ History
• Prime Numbers
• Fibonacci Numbers
• Magic Star Numbers
• Barcode Numbers
• 80-20 Rule – The Pareto Principle
• Numerical Sculptures
• Memorizing Numbers and Number Facts

Below that, you’ll find newly added activities, visitor favorites, and a way to purchase puzzles, games, and books from the online store. No purchase or registration is necessary to access the many freebies on this site.

But wait, there’s more! Use the tabbed index at the top of the page to investigate other regions of this site that include:

*Illusion & Paradoxes -Check out the “Illusion of the Month.” Stretch your brain by exploring the “Illusion Gallery” and be amazed by the “Hypnoptical Illusion.”

*Mind & Brain – Get a recipe for healthy brain food, play with an anti-stress tool, and test your mental aptitude though games and quizzes.

*Oddities & Curiosities – An assortment of activities that include, puzzles, tests, optical illusions, and “teacher resources” that index some of the activities in other areas of the site.

There are many, many links to activities on this site, and most of the ones I tried were good. I did find a few duds, but not enough to dampen my interest. You’ll want to bookmark this site, as it’ll take more than one visit to see it all.