Winter Math Activities and Puzzles

Looking to celebrate the winter season in your math classroom? Check out this collection of winter math activities and puzzles to bring some wintry fun inside! Winter Math Puzzles If you’ve been around my blog long enough, you will know that I LOVE math puzzles. I hope you will enjoy this collection of winter math …

New Years Math Activities and Puzzles

Help ring in the new year of 2024 with these new years math activities and puzzles for the classroom. Help your students ease back into the school year after winter break with this collection of New Year’s math activities. I have created these puzzles and activities to use with high school math students, but most …

Order of Operations Puzzles

This collection of order of operations puzzles will give your students plenty of puzzling fun while applying the order of operations to a large number of numerical expressions. Each order of operations puzzle is available to download as a free PDF so you can easily implement the puzzle in your upper elementary, middle school, or …

25 Fun Geometry Puzzles

Looking for fun and engaging geometry puzzles? Here is a collection of 25 free printable geometric puzzles that I have used in the past with my high school math students. Most of these puzzles should be appropriate to use with individuals ranging in age from upper elementary school or middle school to adults. My students’ …

Sankaku Puzzles

Sankaku puzzles are a geometric based logic puzzle that focuses on finding the area of a triangle. The goal of each puzzle is to connect three dots to form a triangle with the specified area. Sankaku puzzles are the creation of Naoki Inaba, a prolific Japanese puzzle creator. I first discovered these puzzles several years …

Strimko Puzzles in the Classroom

I love introducing my students to new puzzles over the course of the school year. I often pull out strimko puzzles (a logic puzzle that is often compared to sudoku puzzles) on days when I am missing a large portion of my students due to activities or events. Strimko puzzles are one of my favorite …

Change One Letter Puzzle from Penny Dell Puzzles

Back in September, I ran across this tweet from Penny Dell Puzzles. Change one letter in each word so that all five words have something in common: BLANK, BLOWN, GREET, MELLOW, and WRITE. Add another to the list that follows the pattern. I was amused by this puzzle, so I decided to put it up …

Make 30 Puzzles

I’ve been having a lot of fun recently posting these Make 30 Puzzles for my students to tackle on a daily basis. The goal of these Make 30 puzzles is to arrange the digits and any of the arithmetic operations to form an expression that evaluates to 30. For example, the digits 0, 2, and …

Free Printable Math Puzzles

Want to incorporate math puzzles into your classroom to help your students build their critical thinking and problem-solving skills? As a busy teacher, your time is limited. That’s why I created this collection of free printable math puzzles to make it easy to incorporate some puzzling fun into your classroom.  Even though I put this …

Set Notation Puzzles

I created this set of four set notation puzzles to give my Algebra 2 students practice with set notation. I sadly didn’t end up getting to use them this year due to COVID restrictions. Each of the sets puzzles features a half-sheet of paper with four sets (A, B, C, and D). There are 15 …

Connect the Shapes Puzzles

I’m excited about these Connect the Shapes Puzzles from Tanya Grabarchuk. Following the lines of the grid, connect each pair of identical symbols with a single continuous line. The lines should cover all nodes of the shape. The lines may not cross each other. I plan on using these puzzles with my students inside my …

Make It Pythagorean Puzzles

Looking for a challenge? Check out this page of Make It Pythagorean Puzzles. Insert the same digit (in any manner of your choosing) to each side of the triangle to form a right triangle. I ran across these interesting puzzles in Golf on the Moon by Dick Hess (Dover Publications).

X Puzzles Factoring Review Game

I love using X Puzzles to introduce factoring quadratics. These puzzles are also known as sum and product puzzles since the goal of the puzzle is to find the two numbers that have a given sum and product. Years ago, I found a set of 5 pages of X Puzzles. I can no longer find …

I am really liking these quadratic area puzzles from Chritsopher (Bow Tie Teacher on twitter) that are posted for free on TES. They are inspired by Naoki Inaba‘s Area Maze puzzles with a quadratic spin on things. For next year, I think I would like to do some sort of activity at the beginning of …

Balancing Act Puzzles

Today I want to highlight a collection of Balancing Act Puzzles from Heather Sparks. Heather is a bit of a legend in the world of Oklahoma math teaching. She was the 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. If you teach middle school math, her website is worth a browse. I am positive you will find …

Pattern 15 and Pattern 30 Puzzles

Today I’m sharing two mathematical puzzles with you that Ivan Moscovich calls Pattern 15 and Pattern 30. Earlier this school year, I browsed a bunch of puzzle books looking for puzzles to post in my classroom that didn’t involve manipulating pieces. This was weird for me because I was intentionally trying to avoid the exact …

Number Ball Puzzles by Naoki Inaba

Today I want to share a new puzzle I’ve been playing with for the last few days: Naoki Inaba‘s Number Ball Puzzles. The other day, I set out to try to bring some semblance of order to my puzzles folder on my laptop. This is the place on my computer where I keep PDFs of …

Hidato Puzzles

Hidato Puzzles have been one of my go-to puzzles in my file cabinet of puzzles for several years now. I have had great success with getting students interested in these puzzles who haven’t been interested in other logic puzzles like Sudoku or KenKen. Somehow, these puzzles have never made an appearance on my blog. Today, …

Plus Times Puzzles

I first ran across Erich Friedman’s Plus Times Puzzles back in 2019. I have featured several of Erich’s puzzles on my blog before including Arrows Puzzle, Ducks and Snakes Puzzle, Equation Rotation Puzzle, Connect the Dots, and Hidden Equation. I was super excited when I discovered that he has an entire page of puzzles online …

Naoki Inaba Puzzles

Who is Naoki Inaba? Naoki Inaba is a prolific Japanese puzzle author of over 400 original logic puzzles. Inaba has a lovely website full of free PDF puzzles. The only issue is that the website is entirely in Japanese. His puzzles have been featured in both the New York Times and The Guardian. Since his …

Printable Tangram Puzzles

This collection of 97 printable tangram puzzles will make it super-easy to implement tangram puzzles as a problem-solving activity in your classroom. What are Tangrams? Tangrams are a dissection puzzle which is believed to originate from imperial China. A set of tangrams consists of seven flat shapes which can be put together to form a …

TIGO Puzzles

I ran across an interesting vintage math puzzle on eBay recently. I’ve never heard of Tigo Puzzles, but I definitely want to know more now! The eBay listing is no longer active, but I did save the images posted by the seller. Apparently this book of Tigo Puzzles is based on Tigo, a unique new …

Amy Gruen’s Exponent Puzzles

I’m really looking forward to using Amy Gruen’s Exponent Puzzles in my Algebra 2 class this year. I’ve already printed off a copy so I don’t forget to use them! These exponent puzzles are going to make the perfect introduction to logarithms!