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Tangrams may be used as tools to teach geometry.  Various basic geometric shapes called polygons can be formed from the tangram pieces.  These polygons include triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons.

Quadrilaterals are polygons with four sides.  Below are examples of polygons that may be formed using tangrams:

 Square Trapezoid Rectangle Parallelogram

A square is a quadrilateral where all of its sides and all of its angles are equal.  The angles are right angles, or 90 degrees.  A Rectangle is a quadrilateral where all of its angles are equal, or are right angles.

A trapezoid is a quadrilateral with a pair of opposite sides being parallel.   A parallelogram is a quadrilateral with both pair of opposite sides being parallel.  A rectangle is a special type of parallelogram with four equal angles, or with four right angles.  A square is a special type of parallelogram and a special type of rectangle.  It is a parallelogram, and a rectangle with 4 equal sides and 4 equal angles.

Try to form the above geometric shapes using tangram pieces below:

Solve these Tangram puzzles:

 Cart Gate Bottle Bowing Boy Rectangle Shoe Sheep Crab Head Apple Tree Urn Ox Running Star Dog Hill Vase Spade Kettle Letter H Walking Person Goat Rodent Kneeling Partridge Butterfly Welcome Snail Shovel Boating Man Musical Note Boots Turkey Sitting Person Shirt Medal Man's Face Windmill Candlestick Christmas Tree Bed Strawberry Square Wine Glass Arrow Pigeon Offering Space Capsule Rabbit Dancer Bowing Elephant Rooster Mountain Range Letter C Lamp Barge Chair Sailboat Gateway Shoe Balance Ferry Double Arrow Top Lady Horse Wrench Stork Key Head Angel Letter K Trapezoid Jar Praying Pear Man's Head Sparrow Triangle Quail Seal Zebra Arch Tent Stairs Iron Ostrich Pentagon Eagle Altar Dam Dagger Dog Wolf Crown Pavillion Flag Headgear Boomarang Runner Radish Helmet Pyramids Pillar Woman's Head Buffalo Indian Carriage Dipper Cactus Dove Barn Gun Hen Drummer Trapezium Flask Torch Lady Dancing Division Ax Bird Ring

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