When was the last time you looked up at the clouds and saw an elephant, dragon, or some other creature or object? Was it still around five minutes later? Did you watch as it morphed into something new, perhaps with only a slight change in shape? Watching clouds can be calming and fun. I recommend it if you haven’t done it in a while! I love playing games that transform everyday objects into something new. Hope you enjoy it too!

What You’ll Need:
Pencil
Cardstock (multiple colors can be fun!)
Scissors
Ruler
Lots of imagination!

Step 1:
Measure and cut a square out of your cardstock. The extra strip of paper won’t be necessary for this project, but you can save it for something else!

Step 2:
Draw one diagonal line across the square, connecting two opposite corners. Your square is now divided into two triangles. Measure the center point of the shorter sides of one of your triangles, and connect those points. You should now have two parallel lines drawn.

Step 3:
Use your ruler to connect the other two opposite corners that do not yet have a line connecting them. Draw a line from the corner with the larger triangle towards the corner with the smaller one. Do not draw the line entirely across to the opposite corner. Stop at the smaller triangle before you bisect it. 

Step 4:
Now that your first line (bisecting the square) is divided through the center, divide it twice more (into quarters). Use your ruler to mark the center points.

Step 5:
Use your ruler to connect one of the points marked in step 4 to the center of the longest side of the small triangle. This should result in a new even smaller triangle and a parallelogram. 
From the other point from step 4, draw a short perpendicular line connecting it to the nearby corner of your second triangle. This line should create a small square and small triangle. 

Step 6: Your original square should now be divided into seven different shapes: 2 small triangles, 2 large triangles, 1 medium triangle, 1 square, and 1 parallelogram. If it looks right, go ahead and cut out the shapes!

Step 7 (Optional):
Make two or more sets using different color paper. 

Step 8:
On your own or with a friend, arrange your shapes however you like. Avoid overlapping them, however. 

Step 9:
If you’re with a friend, change places for this step so that you work with their design and vice versa. Look at the tangram in front of you. Examine it from different angles. Blur your eyes, or open and close your eyes to see the grouping differently. What do you see? Use the arrangement of shapes to draw an object, individual, landscape…whatever it is you see!