Mathematics – Problem Solving Puzzles

Recently we had an afternoon of maths puzzles and games during our maths class.

Here are some of our games.

One was called Monster Madness.  

We had to know our times tables in order to move around the game board

and outwit our partner by getting four in a row.

It wasn’t as easy as we thought!

Another game was to get four in a row using addition and multiplication.

The Magic Hexagon was very challenging.

We had to place the numbers 1-12 around the hexagon,

but each side had to add up to the same number. It was very challenging!

A great afternoon was had by all. 

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Here are some more puzzles to test you!

We acknowledge and thank Subtangent Maths for the use of these starters.

maths puzzle which number

maths puzzle to 12

number wheel

2 thoughts on “Mathematics – Problem Solving Puzzles

  1. What super maths challenges! It looks like you all had a great day. I’m a teacher in a Y2 class in England and we are always looking for ways to improve our maths! Do you have any top tips for learning our times tables?
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    • Thank you Miss Wilson for your lovely comments. We enjoy maths in our class and are always looking to find interesting and challenging problems to solve. One way we practice our times tables is to have a set of cards with the times tables on them. We then have a class challenge around the room, two people at a time challenge each other. We also have five minute drills, where we challenge ourselves against the clock. We try to complete one hundred times tables equations in as little time as possible, before the five minutes is up. It is a great way to encourage us to learn our tables so we get the least time possible. Our best time has been 1.35 minutes for one hundred equations. Each time we do this challenge, we mark down the time and compare it to our previous times and scores. We really love this and we aren’t competing against anyone except the clock!

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