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The rules for creating tangram silhouettes and designs are pretty straight forward.
The Tangram Chinese puzzle is a dissection puzzle game. The name "Tangram" was coined in 1848 by Thomas Hill, in the pamphlet "Puzzles to Teach Geometry."
The earliest known book about the Chinese puzzle is dated 1813, but it is generally believed the game is much older than the first publication which took place during the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor of China.
Early pieces of Chinese tangram game sets ranged from simple wooden blocks to intricately decorated and carved pieces out of ivory and jade.
The game quickly became popular in Europe and America and remains popular to this day.