Armenian Rug Puzzles (logic)

Armenian Rug Puzzles (logic)

Armenian rugs cover the floor – sometimes laying atop each other. A whole lot of puzzles arise from trying to find the shape and placement of these rugs. PS. The photo is of the oldest pile rug to be discovered – 2500 years old. It is Armenian, but was...
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...
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...