Creating a Tangram puzzle from recycled materials is a fun and eco-friendly project. Start by gathering sturdy materials like old cardboard or plastic sheets. Cut a square from the material and then slice it into the seven traditional Tangram shapes: two large triangles, one medium triangle, two small triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. Use a template for accuracy if needed. This project recycles waste and provides a fantastic tool for enhancing spatial reasoning and creativity.

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Collect materials. Find a flat piece of trash (FPT), styrofoam or cardboard works well. Then obtain scissors or a knife that will be able to cut through the trash.

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Cut a side of the FPT that will be one side of a square. Use the cut piece to measure the other sides of the square.

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Cut all the sides until...

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you have a completed square.

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Cut the two opposite corners diagonally.

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Then cut across.

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Put one of the triangles aside, and cut the other triangle in half to form two smaller triangles.

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This is what you should have so far.

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Set aside the two small triangles. Fold the big triangle as shown. If you cannot fold the FPT just estimate and skip to step 10.

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Cut the big triangle as shown.

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Cut the big triangle again to form the three pieces shown.

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Pick up the piece to the right and cut as shown, forming a square and an even smaller triangle.

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Pick up the piece to the left and cut as shown, forming a parallelogram and a triangle.

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Putting back together and....you made a tangram puzzle!

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Here is just one of the many possible images you can make.

Keywords recycling, upcycling, recycled materials, tetrapack, upcycling gallery SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities Ellen CC-BY-SA-3.0 English (en) Spanish 1 subpages, 4 pages link here 464 page views (more) June 24, 2015 by Ellen April 15, 2024 by Kathy Nativi Ellen (2015–2024). "How to make a Tangram Puzzle from recycled materials". Appropedia. Retrieved September 12, 2024. basic, semantic, html, files, more
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