While many teachers and students are not in schools engaging in face-to-face learning, many teachers are getting creative in ways to engage their students in mathematics. Whether it is using Google Slides to make a puzzle accessible to classmates as they play against one another in real time, Desmos activities that bring activities to life or leaving math puzzles and tasks along neighbourhood streets and sidewalks. Everyone is finding ways to have people engage in a little more math these days.
When I began searching for pencil and paper games for my grade 3 class, I also stumbled across some great math puzzles that can be played individually or solve as a group. These puzzles could easily be left in neighbourhoods on sidewalks or street poles to engage people in a little math on their daily walks. I have decided to share with you the following four puzzles that I found would engage my students and neighbours in fantastic problem solving.