I'm excited today. In the last few weeks I created and prototyped a new game to sell for parents, teachers, or just anyone who likes puzzles. I got the first ever copy in the mail this afternoon: "Cheechowban" (七巧板), named for the phonetic Mandarin pronunciation of "Tangram", the 7 piece Chinese puzzle. I didn't even want to open it up and mess up the nice Shrink wrap that The Game Crafter put on. Naturally I will be selling the game on my own NerdPlaythings.com, TGC, and TeachersPayTeachers.com for $19.99. The game Includes 24 puzzles and 24 templates, so it is a whole classroom set that a teacher can use, although there's no reason adults can't play too, including solo– I mess with a wooden tangram on my desk from time to time.
In the game, you cut out the pieces of the ancient Chinese puzzle (which dates back to 900AD) and either replicate the template cards from memory, against competitors or just for fun. Playing builds spatial reasoning and fosters both memory and creativity depending on how you play.
It can possibly be a fidget toy for certain ADD/ADHD children as well, to let them mess with to help them focus as you read or talk to them.https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/cheechowban-the-game-of-tangrams