Math puzzles extend learning beyond the concept into a fun practice to engage students. Let’s explore all the ways you can use math puzzles in your classroom.
How to engage students with the best math puzzle printables?
Math can be a daunting subject for kids. Using fun puzzles helps students engage with the concept in a different less intimidating way.
- Easy differentiation with math concepts
- types of puzzles can use art, graphing and more that reach all types of learners
- make math fun (take the rote part out…for a little bit at least)
- great for math centers
- usually self checking
- independent work like brain teasers or logic puzzles
- most PDF math puzzle printables can be used year after year
What are the best free math puzzle games and worksheets?
If you are looking for free math puzzles. This is your list! Find something that works in your elementary classroom!
Don’t these Pentagon puzzles pdf look magical? I love how it incorporates geometry as well for a unique puzzle shape and great to keep year after year.
Logic Number riddles are a great way to practice math and number sense that is not traditional questions.
Math Tiling Puzzles! Another great variation of number sense in which a group has to be used for unique equations. Thinking outside of the box is required.
Pattern Block Logic Puzzles – I love this pdf specifically because it doesn’t involve numbers! So much of math deals with quantity we can forget about great skills like logic that an important foundation for math.
Skip Counting often overlooked is a great way to use pictures and help recognition number patterns in young learners.
K-6 Magic Square puzzles?! Wow this is a fantastic resource to try these self checking squares for your classroom and to let students work independently.
Again, for the littlest learners, matching shapes and recognizing their word is a great beginning math skill!
Telling time – how often does this get tossed until the end of the year? This is great to make and have on “hand” to help practice this skill year round.
Use these Place Value Riddles to help students understand 100s charts, number sense and more. These are great for a warm up, transition time or an exit slip.
Last but not least, do not forget about math vocabulary. These riddles are great to analyze the math vocabulary and great as a review to lots of concepts. This would a quick brush up for math test prep as well!
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