# The Egg of Columbus Puzzle

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Engage your students with this tangram-inspired Egg of Columbus Puzzle! Discover a fun and challenging way to enhance problem-solving skills in your math classroom.

For the 4th grade class my husband and I teach at church on Wednesday nights, we were tasked with coming up with an Easter craft or activity. I’m not the type to break out paint or glitter in these situations because I hate the clean-up and chaos of the entire experience.

Earlier this year, I ran across a new-to-me tangram style puzzle called the “Egg of Columbus.” I decided this would be perfect to try out with our group of 4th graders!

I used the snipping tool to grab the egg image and printed them two to a page on different colors of paper.

Next, I spent some quality time with the laminator. I figured that 4th graders might be a bit rough on these pieces. Plus, I wanted them to be able to take their puzzles home with them to keep.

MATH = LOVE RECOMMENDS…

A laminator is a MUST-HAVE for me as a math teacher! I spent my first six years as a teacher at a school with a broken laminator, so I had to find a way to laminate things myself.

I’ve had several laminators over the years. I currently use a Scotch laminator at home and a Swingline laminator at school.

I highly recommend splurging a bit on the actual laminator and buying the cheapest laminating pouches you can find!

My next step of preparation involved making a “poof book” for the students to assemble that included different challenges that they could complete with their egg pieces. The cover of the poof book included the solution to the egg puzzle.

This book is assembled from just a single sheet of letter sized paper. If you’re not sure how to fold/assemble a poof book, check out this blog post for step-by-step directions.

Our students’ first task was to cut out their Egg of Columbus pieces.

Next, we challenged them to reassemble the pieces into the egg shape. This turned out to be much harder for them than I anticipated. Numerous students made comments along the lines of “This is impossible!” I reminded them that the pieces had been in the form of an egg before they cut them out!

Next, I blew their minds with the assembly of the poof book. After assembling their book of challenges, each student picked a picture of their choosing to try and make with their pieces.