Problem Solving

Its back!

Findor's Quest has returned - bigger and better!
What set out as an 'Hobbity Bonus' at the end of our Christmas 2012 eBook has grown into a full A5 trilogy.

Okay, here's the story: Findor is a Hobbit - a very, very distant relative to some of those more famous Hobbits you may have heard about.


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school mathematics and magicThere are hundreds of versions of "Think of a Number..." tricks. This one is perfect for Friday 13th. When I used it some years ago, the children wanted to know how it was done, not just to satisfy their curiosity, but so they could share it with their families. The wanted to enjoy using the 'secret'. So there's motivation in the magic.

Of course, simply telling how a number trick works is fine for some children, but for most it is the problem solving opportunities that are important. Read more »

maths-addition-subtraction-magic squaresThis is an adaptation of our Multiplying Magic Squares maths activity. Indeed, the workings are identical - only the functions have changed. 

Here we have eight A5 activity sheets - each utilising 3x3 magic squares. Read more »

magic squares-multiplicationHere's another resource exclusively for our mathstick+ members. If you have access to the Prime files you will find this item listed under the KS2 tab in your Dashboard. Alternatively, use the mathstick+ button below this post.

This is a useful series of activities utilising a 3x3 magic square. Read more »

Sudoku Jigsaw PuzzlesWe have taken our 4 by 4 Sudoku Jigsaw Puzzles and expanded them (in several directions) for our mathsticks+ members. Here we have 4 new 6 by 6 Sudoku puzzles transformed into jigsaws. Read more »

teaching maths - sudoku puzzlesBy rights these should be called Sudoku Puzzle Jigsaws... it's a development of our Magic Square Jigsaws. Sudoku puzzles have always offered fantastic problem solving opportunities - see here for our stock of Sudoku related mathstick resources. Read more »

teaching activity - multiplicationHere's another very engaging maths teaching activity from one of our members.

Jason offers a fun way to practice written methods of multiplication and division while sharpening those problem solving skills.

The download contains two pages of incomplete equations.

Split each A4 page into two. Read more »