How to Make a Tangram Fish Puzzle
Do you remember those puzzles when you were younger, of various shapes you had to use to “build” something? Sometimes it would be a house using squares and triangles, or maybe a bunny rabbit? They are called tangram puzzles and we just got the opportunity to make some of our own!
The company, FairfieldWorld, has just released a new product line called Foamology.
This innovative line of foam elements offers a range of options for all your decorating and DIY craft options.
If you haven’t seen this yet, let me tell you how versatile it is. It’s decorative foam you can use all around the house. Whether you are trying to soundproof your media room or create unique art for your home, there is a product type for every need. It can be as easy as:
- Find the product that meets your project needs (acoustic, rigid foam, soft foam, etc)
- Peel the stickybase off the back of the foam
- Cover with material if desired
- Place onto your wall, floor, or ceiling
And that’s it! The number of crafts or uses are endless. I’ve seen it being used to make ribbon boards to keep memories and pictures, covered by bright colors or your favorite pattern and hung on the wall as decor, or even used in crafts and puzzles for the kids in your life!
When we got our sample of Foamology, we wanted to use the design foam tangram set for our project. We made two fish and a “backdrop” for the kids to play with.
First we broke apart the pieces (they come in a square) and then laid them on pieces of material we had cut down to size. Think about how you wrap a present and that’s the same process that is used here. You peel away the paper on the back to reveal the “sticky” side and fold up each edge of the material. Then when you flip it back over, the piece is now covered.
Not shown in the above pictures is the double sided tape to give a little bit of help to the kids as they built their fish puzzle. You could substitute velcro dots or magnets to give the kids other options of where to build their tangram puzzles.
Finally, we covered the remaining 4 tiles as a giant square to act as our backdrop for the fish and any other shapes.
These worked out great for the little fingers trying to make his fish; it took a little while to explain but he was having fun just fitting them together and stacking them up anyway. Plus these are soft and would make great “quiet time” toys since there’s nothing really to make noise with. I think if you also had a child that liked extra sensory stimulation, you could add a paper that crinkles under the material or use puffy paint to make raised designs.
I think Foamology has great products to choose from, and we definitely have enjoyed playing with our design foam tangram set. I can’t wait to see what others come up with!
Want to see more? Here are several videos of Foamology in action as well as their Pinterest and Facebook pages.
Don’t forget to leave a link to your project or decorating tip using Foamology products in your comment!
Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for an honest and fair review; all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.
Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms says
Love this easy craft for the summer! Thanks for sharing this Tangram Fish Puzzle!
That is so cute. This would be a great ‘summer break’ project!
I loved these when I was younger! I will have to make some for my son this summer!