Ahh, that day before Thanksgiving break. Classes are short, so there’s no time to give a test, but you’re about to go on break (and you know kids won’t be reviewing math) so you can’t teach something new. How can you plan your time so it’s not wasted?? How about some fun, yet challenging Thanksgiving math puzzles? This set of logic and Sudoku puzzles will help your kids work on their logic and critical thinking skills.
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Teaching Logical Reasoning:
Critical thinking and logical reasoning skills are usually not covered in traditional math textbooks.
But this is an essential skill to help our kids learn and develop.
While these puzzles are more appropriate for older kids (ages 10+), there are lots of options for younger kids as well.
Thanksgiving Math Puzzles:
This free download (scroll to the end of the post) includes 3 different Thanksgiving themed math puzzles.
The first is a grid puzzle.
The goal of the puzzle is to determine the correct combinations.
For example, there are 4 girls. Using the variety of clues, process of elimination and logical reasoning, you figure out each girl’s birthday, favorite Thanksgiving food and dessert.
(Find more fun grid puzzles here, for kids as young as 6!)
Then, there are 2 fun, Thanksgiving themed Sudoku puzzles.
Your kids will likely be familiar with these, so you probably won’t need to explain.
But in case you’re not familiar, these are completed by filling each square with the numbers 1-9.
The catch is that each row, column and 3×3 square can only include the numbers 1-9 one time. No repeats!
And to make things even easier for you, it includes answer keys for all the puzzles.
So whether you’re looking for a fun and easy way to engage your students before Thanksgiving break, or a way to occupy your kids (and their minds!) while you cook a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve got you covered.
I hope you love these Thanksgiving Math Puzzles!
More Math Ideas for Thanksgiving:
- Build a Turkey Number Sense Challenge
- Ultimate List of Pumpkin Math Ideas
- November Problem of the Day Calendar (from 2016, but you can adapt it for this year)
Finally, here are more logic puzzle resources you may like:
- Logic Puzzles from Puzzle Baron
- Logic Countdown (grades 3-4)
- Logic Liftoff (grades 4-6)
- Orbiting with Logic (grades 5-7)
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