My husband loves tangrams. He had one on the fridge since before we met, and he has much better spatial reasoning skills than I do. Recently a friend gave us this gorgeous Tangram Master set, and we (adults) occasionally play a game or two in the afternoon. Smarty was joining us for those games playing with the third set. I don’t expect her to start solving tangram puzzles yet (though she is working hard on figuring out how to make the pieces back into a square). It’s just about the joy of mental challenge and exposure to tangram puzzles. She can also see when we play that even mama and papa cannot do some things without thinking, trying, failing and trying again. She is still mostly under impression that adults are omnipotent and wakes up every day asking how old she is now.
Smarty was excited to try building with all tangram pieces at once. She immediately made it a game – she would decide on the number and build something with this number of pieces. Mostly her creations were towers and octopus robots. I tried to get her to build something following me, but she was not interested. When she was done, I put two colors back into the squares, and she was practicing putting another two color into squares by checking out completed squares.
We also read a great book as part of our China studies. It’s called Grandfather Tang’s Story. I think Smarty would like it better if she didn’t have about 10 other new books to choose from at the time. It was also a little intense at times even though everything ended well. It’s the story told with tangrams, and I had visions of trying to get Smarty to try out some of those tangrams. Well, she was not interested, but I am definitely going to check this story out again when she is older.