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3 Hares Puzzle

This three hares puzzle asks: Can you arrange the six pieces in such a way that every hare has exactly two ears?

3 Hares Puzzle

My first magnetic puzzle of the school year was the 3 Hares Puzzle from The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers by The Grabarchuk Family. The goal of the 3 hares puzzle is to arrange the six pieces in such a way that every hare has exactly two ears.

The book is currently out of print which sometimes makes the used copies on Amazon a bit pricier sometimes than I would prefer. If you can pick up a used copy for a good price, DO IT!

This is one of my favorite puzzle books. It has such a variety of different puzzles and SO many of them!

The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers by Grabarchuk Family

You can still access quite a few of the puzzles for free, though. Amazon’s Look Inside Feature lets you look at quite a few of the puzzles in The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers for free. Just keep clicking “Surprise Me!” on the left pane to see a different page of puzzles.

We’re a few weeks into school now, and SO much puzzling has been going on in my classroom. It makes my teacher heart so happy to watch students delving into these different puzzles and coming back day after day with persistence and joy in problem-solving.

I’ve made it my goal this year to put up one puzzle each week on the dry erase board using magnets. Last year, I discovered that presenting puzzles vertically (on the board) drew in different students than those puzzles presented horizontally (on the puzzle table).

So, this year, I made space in my classroom for both.

Back to the 3 hares puzzle! Here’s a student attempt at the puzzle that ended up not working out.

Since my pieces have disc magnets on them, it’s super easy for students to try out different arrangements.

3 Hares Puzzle

The art teacher who teaches right next door to me has been so captivated by this puzzle. Almost every time she walked through my room during our PD days, it would her eye.

She intentionally had to make herself not stay and solve it so she could get back to her room and get her classroom set up!

3 Hares Puzzle

Free Download of 3 Hares Puzzle

Puzzles.com (Site no longer exists – but there is still an archived version online thanks to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine) has a small printable PDF version of the 3 hares puzzle on their website.

Of course, I had to super-size the pieces to make them more appropriate for hanging on the dry erase board.


3 Hares Puzzle (PDF) (1024 downloads)


3 Hares Puzzle (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (224 downloads)

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Other Puzzles of Late

Now, let’s talk about some of the other puzzles we’ve tackled recently.

SOMA Cube Challenges

On the puzzle table this month, I’ve had my SOMA Cube Challenges. Students have LOVED playing with these cubes SO much! I made my pieces by gluing one inch wooden cubes together, but several people on twitter have pointed out that you can buy already created SOMA sets on Amazon.

Once you have your blocks, all you need to do is print the set of SOMA challenges. I put each challenge in a sheet protector and placed them in a binder that lives on the puzzle table. Students just flip to a new challenge each time they complete a challenge or get too frustrated by one of the puzzles.

SOMA Cube Challenges

Sometimes they even take the blocks off the puzzle table and take them to their desk to play with.

SOMA Cube Challenge

These continue to get more and more play even though I’ve never actually mentioned them in class. All I did was set them out on a table and watch to see what students did.

SOMA Cube Challenge

For the first few days, it was only really students that I taught last year that paid any attention to the puzzle table. But lately, I see students from all of my classes making a beeline to the puzzle table as soon as they walk in the door or finish their assignment for the day.

For the second week of school, I switched out the 3 Hares Puzzle with the Equilateral Triangle Puzzle. This was a favorite magnetic puzzle from last year. The goal of the puzzle is to arrange the six pieces so that they form an equilateral triangle.

This part is pretty simple. The hard part is making sure that no pieces of the same color touch – not even at a corner!

Equilateral Triangle Puzzle

Students that I had last year have still been enjoying this puzzle even though they have seen it previously. Apparently a full year is plenty of time to forget the solution!

Equilateral Triangle Puzzle

Looking for more puzzles for your classroom? Be sure to check out my puzzle page!

Ruth

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Sorry! I just realized that you don't like to post solutions to your puzzles. But it's worth taking a peek at this site to see the ancient art related to the hare puzzle. https://amagicclassroom.com/uploads/3/4/5/2/34528828/3_hares_puzzle_lrez.pdf

Unknown

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

I am an instructional coach and my school is struggling with enrichment and problem solving. I have started introducing your puzzles and the kiddos love them. It is really starting to change their way of thinking. But I will say we are lost with the rabbits. No one can figure it out...one kiddo even asked "Google." Where do I find the answer(s)?

Maze

Friday 13th of September 2019

Love these! I need to print these out so we can try and solve the rabbit one - so far we can’t at all!