We’re winding down summer over here, but not before my kids finish up their math and reading assignments from school.
Yes, we just started them this week. But whatever. We’re getting there and doing what we can.
One of the activities I thought was particularly cool was one of the days in Owen’s math calendar.
Simple. Challenging. Tricky and fun.
It was a 26 triangle math puzzle, and it had us stumped for a long, long time.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- 26 Triangles–Tricky, Fun Math Game:
We adapted this to make it easier to work through, basically moving the triangles from a 1 inch by 1 inch square to a looseleaf piece of paper with number cards.
The premise is simple: use the numbers 1-12 and place them in each circle of the triangle so that each side totals 26.
Seems easy, right? But it’s not.
It took us a long, long time. Longer than I’d care to admit.
It reminded us of other math games we’ve played in the past, but this one was all big and bad for third graders.
Want to try it yourself? Print it here: 26 math game teachmama
I like the kind of game that you can print out, use, and not worry about–like this one.
Or you could print it out, laminate it, and save it for your home or classroom. I’ve folded ours up, threw it in an envelope, and will keep it in my purse for long waits in dance studios or sidelines.
What do you think? Can you solve 26: the tricky math puzzle?
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