Perilous Pipes

Perilous Pipes

Perilous Pipes is an awesome puzzle with a beautiful set of manipulatives. For kindergarten and grade 1 students I show a solution and ask them to recreate it. This is a highly valuable activity akin to following lego instructions to build something, but a little bit...
King of Tokyo (2-6 players; 30 minutes; ages 6+)

King of Tokyo (2-6 players; 30 minutes; ages 6+)

  King of Tokyo is a most engaging, beautiful game – with great monsters and fun cartoon-style humour mid-1900s – style. The game itself is elegantly designed with reasonably simple rules. It contains too much luck for some people. On the right...
Utopia

Utopia

In Kindergarten and Grade 1 I use Utopia to get students thinking about patterns. The first pattern I want to emphasize is that exactly one on the four utopian buildings is in each row and column. Some students even in these younger grades are capable of solving the...
Tut’s Tablet

Tut’s Tablet

This is a maze puzzle. It is not my favourite, but some students listed it as their favourite and that is more important than my opinion. I like these physical puzzles for use in the classroom where collaboration in pairs is to be encouraged. Compared to excellent...
Zome

Zome

Zome is a fragile, but flexible manipulative. I now use Space Chips more than Zome in elementary school, but Zome has got a seriousness that Space Chips cannot match....