# Puzzled Logic for Young Thinkers!

June 3rd, 2019

It’s Monday, June 3, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AIMS Puzzle Corner

AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers hundreds of free math puzzles and activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative.)

Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.” When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Choose from the menu on the left side bar:

• Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.
• Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.
• Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.
• Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.
• Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.
• Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.
• Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.
• Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.
• Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.

Click on a category and a new page opens listing the puzzles and at the very bottom of the puzzle you can click the arrow to view the solution.

# Free KenKen Math Puzzles!

May 6th, 2019

It’s Monday, May 6, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

KenKen Math Puzzles

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

This ad-supported website provides free KenKen math puzzles. What’s a KenKen? It’s a logic puzzle that mixes a Sudoku puzzle and arithmetic.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto. His goal was to improve his students’ math and logic skills. As explained at the website:

“KenKen is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division-while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles. In a way, KenKen is like a game of chess: The more you think ahead to your next move and consider all the possible outcomes, the better you’ll get-and the smarter you’ll become!”

When you get to the website you’ll see the puzzles of the day. If you’re unfamiliar with KenKen, click on “How To Play” on the menu at the top of the page. You’ll not only read an explanation of how to play, but you can follow a step-by-step tutorial. Then, test your skills with the daily puzzles.

Bookmark the site to return each day for the daily puzzles, or sign up (as a teacher) to receive the free newsletter and a set of KenKens will be emailed to you weekly.

# Fun Math Games & Printables for Kids

April 1st, 2019

It’s Monday, April 1, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Kids Math Games

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

We stumbled upon this ad-supported website that offers a wide variety of free, online, interactive math games, printable worksheets and quizzes, video tutorials and more!

This colorful site is user-friendly and engaging. Most kids will be enticed to try a game or two, or three, or more.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and the featured math topics that include:

• Numbers – Fun challenges related to numbers, patterns, fractions, decimals, etc.
• Geometry – Learn about shapes, grids, weights, angles, rotation, and more.
• Facts – Read interesting math facts and trivia.
• Videos – Watch educational clips that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more.
• Printable Worksheets – Includes addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.
• Pictures – See math photos, images, and diagrams.
• Printable Quizzes – Test your knowledge of division, decimals, money, basic algebra and more!

You’ll also find logic games, math riddles, board games, and math puzzles. This is a terrific resource that will enhance learning math. Bookmark it, to return often.

# Challenging Mathematical Puzzles

March 11th, 2019

It’s Monday, March 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Nick’s Mathematical Puzzles

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

At this website you’ll find a collection of more than 150 math puzzles that cover algebra, geometry, probability, number theory, trigonometry, calculus, and logic. They have been selected “for the deceptive simplicity of their statement, or the elegance of their solution.” While they will challenge your cleverness, the site founder Nick Hobson (who has a math degree and works in computer software) says, they “usually only require pre-college math.”

When you get to the site you will see an introduction. Above it is a menu bar that provides access to 160 puzzles. View the “Index” to see the names of the puzzles archived here. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the puzzle. You’ll see 1-4 stars next to each puzzle title that designates the level of difficulty, with four being the most difficult.

As mentioned at the website, “Explaining how an answer is arrived at is more important than the answer itself. To this end, hints, answers, and fully worked solutions are provided, together with links to related mathematical topics. Further references are provided with many of the solutions. The puzzles are intended to be fun, with an educational element.”

# Tons of Math Games and Puzzles!

March 4th, 2019

It’s Monday, March 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Problem Site

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

WARNING! The math games and puzzles on this site are so engrossing, you may want to set a timer to keep you from neglecting other responsibilities!

This site offers educational games, puzzles, and problem solving quests. Some of the most fascinating puzzles and games provide a handy link for bookmarking your place so that you can return later. Use the menu bar at the top of the home page under “Games” to access:

• Math Games – Use simple math facts, fraction reductions, and logic to solve the math puzzles. Younger children will enjoy the “Adders” game, which is a variable-speed, math facts practice game. Most of the games in this section are good for building and cementing fairly basic math and problem solving skills.
• Word Games – Enjoy word scrambles, crossword puzzles with a twist, hangman and more. For a real spelling challenge, play “One of These” — and guess which of the words (in a list of five) is misspelled.
• Daily Games – A selection of math and vocabulary-building problems that change on a daily basis — another good reason to bookmark this site.
• Quizzes – Quite a selection of quizzes on all different types of subjects.

There is so much more on this site. Have fun! And don’t forget to set that timer!

# Language Arts Puzzles & Games!

September 19th, 2018

It’s Wednesday, September 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Puzzle Choice

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

This award-winning family website offers a variety of Language Arts puzzles including crosswords, word searches, and word play in either online game format or in downloadable, printable versions.

When you get to the site, there is an introductory message that gives a brief overview of what the site offers. Use the menu to access:

• Crosswords
• Word Search
• Number Puzzles
• Word Play
• And more!

Also, look for the “KIDS CHOICE” section, where you’ll find Word Play games and a few puzzles that test math and logic skills. In this same section, click on “Teacher Wordsearch” that offers word search puzzles with themes that include: mathematics, U.S. presidents, life science, physiology, Shakespeare, and more.

This site provides lots of fun ways to supplement your studies through games and puzzles to make learning fun! Don’t forget to print some out and put them in a binder to bring along on road trips!