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When I ran across this Jigmaze Puzzle in a vintage issue of Games & Puzzles Magazine, I knew it was destined to be one of my Puzzles of the Week.
I found the Jigmaze Puzzle in the May 1976 issue of Games & Puzzle Magazine. One of my hobbies is looking through old puzzle books and magazines in search of new (new to me, at least) puzzles that I can use with my students.
My students prefer puzzles with pieces that they can move around as they solve the puzzle, so this jigmaze puzzle was perfect for them.
The goal of the Jigmaze Puzzle is to arrange the nine cards into a three-by-three square so that a maze is created. The maze will begin in one corner and end in the opposite corner. T
here will be several loose ends, but no part of the line will be completely detached from the rest. Additionally, no line will go off the edge of the large square.
I recreated the Jigmaze puzzle cards in Microsoft Publisher, and I formatted them in two different sizes: nine cards which print on a single page and jumbo sized cards which print on their own individual pages.
I printed the large cards to add to my puzzle of the week board in my classroom.
I printed the jigmaze cards on regular copy paper, laminated them, cut out the squares, and added magnets to the back of each piece. I use ceramic disc magnets with all of my puzzles. I buy the magnets in bulk from Amazon.
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!
They are reasonably priced and strong enough to hold things up without them sliding down the dry erase board. I’ve used almost 400 of these magnets in the past year or so.
The magazine claims that there is only one solution to this puzzle (ignoring rotations of the given solution.) One of my students found what appeared to be another solution, but I’m thinking now that he must have misinterpreted the line of instructions which reads “the maze will begin in one corner and end in the opposite corner.”
To be honest, I’m not even entirely sure what that means. Does opposite refer to diagonally opposite? Or opposite as directly across from?
I’m not too worried about it. I think as long as students can create a valid maze that doesn’t have disconnected pieces/lines going off the edge that I will count it as a solution.
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Want even more puzzles? Check out my puzzles page!
I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-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 email@example.com with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.
Friday 4th of March 2022
My students have been working on this puzzle all week. A few have gotten close but not there yet.
Wednesday 2nd of March 2022
My kids are loving this but we have not been able to solve it!
Friday 4th of February 2022
Your site is AMAZING! I love your puzzles as do my fifth graders. Thank you for all the time you put into making this site available to teachers everywhere!
Tuesday 4th of January 2022
My students are loving your puzzles!
Monday 20th of December 2021
My students are totally engaged!