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Wooden Tangram

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This Chinese puzzle has been challenging and entertaining people of all ages for centuries. Not only does it provide a number of fun and challenging cognitive activities, the beautiful wood pieces in the self-contained wooden box make it something that you might leave on your coffee table.

Our tangram set comes with specially designed full size templates to assist and guide the person with dementia or Alzheimer's to success. This is one of our more popular activities.

  • Wooden pieces are thick, smooth, easy to hold
  • Cognitive challenge
  • Helps with dexterity and fine motor skills
  • Level of difficulty can be adjusted to match person's abilities
  • Templates help guide the person to success

The object of the Tangram is to arrange the seven pieces, called "tans", into one of many possible forms and shapes that contain all seven pieces in a non-overlapping manner - a difficult task, but also extremely satisfying upon completion.

One side of each of the included templates shows the outline of each piece that makes up the shape while the other side shows only the overall outline. Start with the more detailed template and once the person is successful placing the pieces, the challenge can be increased by flipping the template over and following the instructions to lead the person to complete the puzzle using the outline alone.

An Add-On Templates package can be purchased to add even more variety.

Suitable For:

Great for almost anyone with dementia or Alzheimer's. People with more abilities will be able to use the templates fully while those with more challenges will enjoy handling the pieces and creating their own shapes.

Package Includes:
  • Wooden tangram set in a wooden box
  • three full size laminated templates (3 shapes with both outline and piece placement templates for each)
  • Template to assist in putting pieces back in box
  • Wet erase marker
  • Full instructions

This product is proudly assembled and packaged by the people of The Ark, a community organization dedicated to providing services for persons with special challenges.

Three Full Sized Templates...
Full sized templates help guide the person

The package includes three full sized templates to guide the person with dementia or Alzheimer's to success.

One Side Lined, One Blank...
One side has all the lines, the other just the outline

One side of each template shows the outline of each piece that makes up the shape. The reverse side shows only the outline of the whole shape without identifying each piece.

Make the Shape on the Lined Side...
Start with the lined side to make it easier

Start by using the "lined" side of the template to offer as much guidance as possible.

Fill in Some Lines on the Unlined Side...
Using the blank side, draw in some of the lines

If the person can do the lined side of the template readily, add more challenge by using the unlined side. Start by drawing in all of the missing lines except one. In the picture, the line between the ear and the head is missing.

Then Erase Them One at a Time...
Erase lines one at a time to add challenge

Erase more lines (one at a time) as the person shows that they are able to complete the puzzle on their own.

Put the Pieces Back in the Box...
Use the template in the box to put the pieces away

When finished, have the person use the template in the box to put the pieces away and put the lid back on the box. You will be amazed by the look of satisfaction from helping out by putting the puzzle away on their own!

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