Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tangram Puzzle Fridge Magnets with FREE CUT FILES

Tangram Puzzle Fridge Magnets with Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File by Nadine Muir for Silhouette UK Blog

When I stumbled upon tangrams in Pinterest, my heart skipped a beat.  I'm a sucker for modern  geometric designs, so when this is combined this with a maths puzzle, well I'm seventh heaven!  Literally seven as it goes; a tangram is a square cut into seven pieces - triangles of various sizes, a square and a rhomboid.  You are given an outline of a shape and you have to rearrange the pieces to make to the shape.

Tangram Puzzle Fridge Magnets with Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File by Nadine Muir for Silhouette UK Blog
A square is cut into 7 shapes, called Tans, 
which are arranged to make the shape of the puzzle.


Fun Puzzle
Sounds easy right?  Hmmm, well I thought it was a simple kids game, but they are surprisingly tricky!  My partner Robbie scoffed at me, but was stuck for ages on the butterfly and claimed the rabbit was 'messing with his head'.   Kids (and grown-up kids!) should be kept occupied on car rides and through the summer holidays with these puzzzles.

Serious Educational Clout
Behind the fun, tangram teach lots of mathematical concepts, problem solving and logical thinking.  Indeed it's been said that if you gave a child no other maths instruction bar Tangrams for one whole year, they would be more advanced mathematically than if you followed the regular maths curriculum.  Maths Education happened to be one of my uni courses and I well believe the results found in the research - having fun with Maths is definately the secret.

What you’ll need:

 

STEP ONE: Download File

Download the Silhouette compatible free cut file, and open the file from within Silhouette Studio. 
Tangram Puzzle Fridge Magnets with Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File by Nadine Muir for Silhouette UK Blog


STEP TWO: Print and Cut Tangram

Select your page size, print and cut with either printable magent paper or regular card.  You'll notice that the cut lines are slightly inset from the coloured shapes.  This is a trick I often use when cutting a printed image where the colour goes right to the edge as it affords you a little wiggle room when the Silhouette scans the registration marks.

Tangram Puzzle Fridge Magnets with Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File by Nadine Muir for Silhouette UK Blog

STEP THREE: Print Puzzles

I've added the puzzle sheet as a PDF and JPG if you like the colour palette and want to print out immediately.  I've also added them to the cut file incase you would like to edit the colours, size or positioning.  

I recommend this site for more puzzles, but a quick google search will bring up many more.
http://www.tangram-channel.com/


FINISHED PRODUCT

Tangram Puzzle Fridge Magnets with Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File by Nadine Muir for Silhouette UK Blog




DESIGNS USED:

The free Silhouette compatible cut file

PRODUCTS USED:

Light hold cutting mat for Cameo

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