MathPickle

Put your students in a pickle!

Puzzles, games and mini-competitions organized by grade

click here to organize by subject
Solidarity – Poland, 1981 (addition, logic)

Solidarity – Poland, 1981 (addition, logic)

Graphene Trampoline (logic & probability)

Graphene Trampoline (logic & probability)

Picasso’s Cuboids (volume puzzle)

Picasso’s Cuboids (volume puzzle)

Uncut Spaghetti (number patterns)

Uncut Spaghetti (number patterns)

Raindrops Down Windshield (number order)

Raindrops Down Windshield (number order)

Pinoccchio’s Playmates (pattern puzzle)

Pinoccchio’s Playmates (pattern puzzle)

Tree Kangaroo Hopscotch (skip counting)

Tree Kangaroo Hopscotch (skip counting)

Siteswap (juggling number patterns)

Siteswap (juggling number patterns)

ConHex (pencil & paper strategy game)

ConHex (pencil & paper strategy game)

Finding a Tough Mountain (ordering numbers)

Finding a Tough Mountain (ordering numbers)

A little bit of Aggression (addition, subtraction)

A little bit of Aggression (addition, subtraction)

Portuguese Man o’ War (addition, scientific method)

Portuguese Man o’ War (addition, scientific method)

Mean, Median, Mode (unique integer challenge)

Mean, Median, Mode (unique integer challenge)

Irreptiles (proportion, similar shapes)

Irreptiles (proportion, similar shapes)

Cardboard Snowflakes (calculating average)

Cardboard Snowflakes (calculating average)

Teach counting 0-999

Teach counting 0-999

Cartouche Puzzles (arithmetic)

Cartouche Puzzles (arithmetic)

Fractal Multiplication

Fractal Multiplication

Pillage and Profit (algebra)

Pillage and Profit (algebra)

Banyan Tree Root Puzzle (Addition)

Banyan Tree Root Puzzle (Addition)

No three minarets in a line (mirror and rotational symmetry)

No three minarets in a line (mirror and rotational symmetry)

Plastic Fraction Circles

Plastic Fraction Circles

Round Tower – (drill and kill multiplication)

Round Tower – (drill and kill multiplication)

Rock – Low unique number game

Rock – Low unique number game

Embryo Morphogenesis (pattern discovery)

Embryo Morphogenesis (pattern discovery)

Rock Paper Scissors Carrying Game

Rock Paper Scissors Carrying Game

Turing Machine (computer)

Turing Machine (computer)

Zome – geometric construction

Zome – geometric construction

Chomp – Cartesian game

Chomp – Cartesian game

Hunting Submarines (vectors)

Hunting Submarines (vectors)

10 Points, 5 Lines, 4 Points on each Line

10 Points, 5 Lines, 4 Points on each Line

Parallel Lines and Slopes

Parallel Lines and Slopes

64 = 65 Mathemagical Proof

64 = 65 Mathemagical Proof

Taxi Cab Squares

Taxi Cab Squares

Scientific Notation Notrivia

Scientific Notation Notrivia

Rainbow Squares

Rainbow Squares

Minotaur Gores Pythagoras

Minotaur Gores Pythagoras

Three Exponential Explorations

Three Exponential Explorations

Using Least 1s

Using Least 1s

Full Integer Collatz

Full Integer Collatz

Parable of the Polygons

Parable of the Polygons

Pirates & Cutthroats – algebra

Pirates & Cutthroats – algebra

Dots and Boxes xyz

Dots and Boxes xyz

Algebra Exercises

Algebra Exercises

Number Guessing Game – algebra

Number Guessing Game – algebra

Squares Built of Right Triangles

Squares Built of Right Triangles

Algebra on Rectangles

Algebra on Rectangles

Wrongifying Operators

Wrongifying Operators

Fractions = Decimals using Algebra

Fractions = Decimals using Algebra

Symbiotic Sets – addition and division

Symbiotic Sets – addition and division

EKG Sequences – factorization

EKG Sequences – factorization

Wormhole!

Wormhole!

1-100 Composite Connector Challenge

1-100 Composite Connector Challenge

Gozen – factorization game

Gozen – factorization game

Killer Bunny Sequence – prime factorization

Killer Bunny Sequence – prime factorization

Which came first: Chicken or Egg

Which came first: Chicken or Egg

Mimizu – common factor puzzles

Mimizu – common factor puzzles

Prime Number Catacombs

Prime Number Catacombs

Intro to Primes & Composites

Intro to Primes & Composites

Locker Room Prank

Locker Room Prank

Klingon Attack

Klingon Attack

Prime Time

Prime Time

GCF Bingo

GCF Bingo

Integral Fission

Integral Fission

Egyptian Fractions

Egyptian Fractions

Divisibility Tricks

Divisibility Tricks

Dressed Up (Equivalent) Fractions

Dressed Up (Equivalent) Fractions

Fractured Fractions (equivalent fractions)

Fractured Fractions (equivalent fractions)

Full Glass – multiplying fractions

Full Glass – multiplying fractions

Unfair Thrones

Unfair Thrones

Half Fraction Snake

Half Fraction Snake

Ballast – multiplication puzzles

Ballast – multiplication puzzles

Lazy Lemur Puzzles

Lazy Lemur Puzzles

Lichen Puzzles – multiplication and subtraction

Lichen Puzzles – multiplication and subtraction

Toothpick, Vampire and Domino Sequences

Toothpick, Vampire and Domino Sequences

Multiplicative Persistence

Multiplicative Persistence

Mondrian Art Puzzles

Mondrian Art Puzzles

Beetle Blitz!

Beetle Blitz!

Daedalus and Icarus try to Escape

Daedalus and Icarus try to Escape

Sum or Difference – Mutant Fibonacci Bunny

Sum or Difference – Mutant Fibonacci Bunny

Recamán’s Sequence

Recamán’s Sequence

Subtraction Magic with 3 Digits

Subtraction Magic with 3 Digits

Animal Subtraction

Animal Subtraction

Squaring the Square

Squaring the Square

Addition Boomerang

Addition Boomerang

Cookie Monster Problem

Cookie Monster Problem

Too Many Mice!

Too Many Mice!

Cannibal Fish

Cannibal Fish

Earth Attack – addition puzzle

Earth Attack – addition puzzle

Termite Terrorists

Termite Terrorists

Ballast – addition puzzles

Ballast – addition puzzles

Bubbling Cauldrons (single digit addition)

Bubbling Cauldrons (single digit addition)

Place Value

Place Value

Venus Flytrap – dangerous decimals

Venus Flytrap – dangerous decimals

Building Skyscrapers of Different Heights

Building Skyscrapers of Different Heights

Speed Counting to Infinity

Speed Counting to Infinity

Magic 6 and 9

Magic 6 and 9

Number Icicles

Number Icicles

Intro to Skip Counting

Intro to Skip Counting

Willie Wiggle Wiggle Worm

Willie Wiggle Wiggle Worm

Complete the Quadrilateral

Complete the Quadrilateral

Circus Tent Puzzle

Circus Tent Puzzle

Symmetry Search

Symmetry Search

Area and Perimeter of Polyanimals

Area and Perimeter of Polyanimals

Kajitsu – symmetry puzzles

Kajitsu – symmetry puzzles

Sports Tournaments

Sports Tournaments

Life expectancy in different countries

Life expectancy in different countries

Introducing Statistics to Young Children

Introducing Statistics to Young Children

Bracket – Number Trivia Game

Bracket – Number Trivia Game

Historic Maps

Historic Maps

Russian Map Reading

Russian Map Reading

Cracking the ADFGX Cipher

Cracking the ADFGX Cipher

Dot to Dot Middle Path Puzzles

Dot to Dot Middle Path Puzzles

Constellations

Constellations

Round-off Dragon

Round-off Dragon

Dot to Dot Precise Measurement Puzzles

Dot to Dot Precise Measurement Puzzles

Half Area Quadrilateral

Half Area Quadrilateral

Babylonian Spiral

Babylonian Spiral

Arrows

Arrows

Ruffian Ritual

Ruffian Ritual

Kobon Triangles

Kobon Triangles

Unifix Cubes

Unifix Cubes

Tribute to Eric Carl

Tribute to Eric Carl

Venn Diagram Puzzles

Venn Diagram Puzzles

Find the Attribute

Find the Attribute

Beetle Sort!

Beetle Sort!

My Pet Zebra

My Pet Zebra

Name Connector

Name Connector

No Three in a Line

No Three in a Line

I think one of the best features of your puzzles are how they engage a wide spectrum of learners. That is so difficult for teachers. Your math puzzles are remarkable and a big reason why all of my students enjoy them and learn from them regardless of their mathematical readiness level. This is as close to a “silver bullet” as I’ve seen.

Jason Kornoely

School Teacher, Pine Ridge Elementary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

We found Dr. Pickle’s website and his philosophies appealed to us. Math wasn’t about right and wrong; there was a process. Math wasn’t about tackling an equation in one specific way; there was room for creativity. Math wasn’t worksheets and drill; it was beautiful and colourful, fun and dynamic. This was how we wanted our students to experience and understand math.

Jennifer Bartlett

Principal, Mount View School, Calgary, Alberta

Engage a wide spectrum of student ability.

Give every child the gift of failure.

(success too)

Put your students in a pickle!

We learn best through hard fun!

Mathematics and beauty are inseparable.

Tongue-in-cheek nastiness engages students.

Dr. Pickle’s puzzles are innovative in design as they are open-ended, require immense strategy and many remain unsolved. Consequently, they leave both students and teachers hungry for more.

Helen Gould

Math Specialist, Collingwood School, Vancouver, Canada

Thank you for all the great resources, ideas, and inspiring videos! I can’t wait to use some these materials this Fall with my elementary mathematics methods students as well as try the unsolved problems with my two children.

Amy Tanner

Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University, Minnesota

One of the hallmarks of Dr. Pickle’s puzzles is the celebration of failure, a feature that is rarely, if ever, seen, let alone promoted, in school mathematics. And yet, it makes so much sense as a way to free up the space for learning to happen, and to have it happen at such accelerated rate.

Natasa Sirotic

Mathematics Teacher, Southpointe Academy, Vancouver, Canada

Struggling students thrived and those who wanted the most difficult challenges were not disappointed.

Doreen Grey

Research & Development , Master’s Academy and College, Calgary, Canada

April 2016 was Santorini month! This is the greatest game I have ever created, and you can see the kickstarter campaign here.

Warmest thanks to all for your brilliant support over the years 😉

Gordon Hamilton (Dr. Pickle)

Please use MathPickle in your classrooms. If you have improvements to make, please contact me. I'll give you credit ;-)

Dr. Pickle

(MMath, PhD)