Springtime Puzzle Fun


This Springtime publication has six (6) games, puzzles, and activities that can be played alone and with others.

Activities include:

- Spring Word Find

- Springtime Words Within Words Game

- Springtime A-Z

- Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board

- Springtime Guess My Word

- Draw A Butterfly Activity

Also included:
Instructions for how to play Words within Words and an
Answer section with sun and flower icons for the Tic-Tac-Toe game
  This is a 2 page PDF with 4 sections per page.

Great for homeschoolers, family fun time, and anyone who enjoys playing games. These are wonderful for traveling too!

The printable pages can be laminated for long term, repeated use. Use a wipe-off marker with laminated pages.
Cardstock paper is recommended when printing with the intention to laminate.

Pages are not editable.

For personal use only. Print as many pages as you like, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit. 

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The Benefits of Using Recreational Mathematics


NY Times: The Importance of Recreational Math - This is an opinion piece about the benefits of using Recreational Math in the classroom.

Journal of Humanistic Mathematics: Recreational Mathematics – Only For Fun? -  A paper written about the benefits of Recreational Math in the classroom. It talks about how other countries approach math as well. This is a 20 page PDF.



Benefits of Games

Teach Thought: 6 Basic Benefits Of Game-Based Learning - This article offers positive reasons for online gaming.
eLearning Industry: 5 Advantages Of Using Games For Learning - Article includes reasons why games help people learn better.

OpenEducationEuropa: The Benefits of Game-Gased Learning - Offers information about the potential of games for learning.

Classroom: What Are the Benefits of Games in Education & Learning Activities? - Talks about how games engage students, promotes teamwork, and build good sportmanship skills.

Logic Roots: 8 Surprising Health Benefits Of Board Games - This article addresses some of  the serious health benefits of playing board games such as lowering stress, building cognitive skills and mental functions, and lowering blood pressure.

NCTM: Why Play Math Games? - Talks about the benefits of playing math games. 

Stem Learning: Using Games To Teach Mathematics -  A short article that talks about the benefits of using games to teach math.

Scholastic: The Benefits of Board Games - Benefits of parents playing games with kids.

Benefits of Puzzles

USA Today: The Surprising Benefits of Puzzle Solving for Adults - Article about the benefits for adults.

Dumb Little Man - The 5 Benefits of Puzzles Solving for Adult - Article talks a little about the history of puzzles and the benefits of using them as adults.

Exodus: The Benefits of Puzzles in Early Childhood Development - Article talks about the skills that are build via puzzle during early childhood.

Memory Jogging Puzzles: Why Jigsaw Puzzles are Good for Your Brain – Social psychiatry article.

Learning4Kids: Why Puzzles are so Important for Kids Learning? -  Benefits of using puzzles.

Clue Detective Puzzle Agency: Discover the Benefits of Solving Puzzles10 Ways puzzles help to improve our lives.

Think Fun!: Get Jiggy with Jigsaw Puzzles: The Benefits of Being a Puzzler - This brief article talks about the history of Jigsaw puzzles and their benefits.


Benefits of Riddles

The Organic Mind: Brain Teasers & Riddles - Talks a little about the brain science behind using riddles and brain teasers and the benefits.

ESD: Why Riddles Are Important for All Ages - Explains what a riddle is and the types, cultural riddles, and their benefits for all ages.

Grin: Six Benefits of Riddles for Children - How riddles benefit and word the brain. 

Thoughts From The Boys: The Benefits of Riddles: Benefits of riddles and offers a few difficult one to solve.

YouTube: Recreational Mathematics Playlist - A collection of videos about recreational mathematics: Documentaries and benefits.
Here's one of the videos from the list:


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Recreational Math Activities


Math World: Recreational Mathematics - Offers a list of activities available on the site. Some of the selections include: Cryptograms, dissection, folding, games, illusions and there's MUCH more!

Math.com: Recreational - Puzzles, fractals, Spirograph, Roman Numeral calculator, and other topics.


The Math Factor: A Quick Puzzle From OSCON - Check out the archives of this site located on the right side panel for great information.


Yummy Math.com - Site provides students and teachers with engaging real-world math activities. 
Example page: Big Air Snowboarding

KhanAcademy: Math for fun and glory  - Offers users the opportunity to explore doodling in math and puzzles.


Math Lair Recreational Mathematics - Offers a selection of activities related to recreational mathematics.

Math Overflow: Recreational Mathematics Where To Search - Where to find recreational math activities.


Age of Puzzles: According to the site, it offers 'a colorful journey through endless patterns of quick wits'.

Math Pickle.com: Site is Organized By Grade and offers lots of games and puzzles.

Scientific American: Blog: A Month of Magic & Mystery - Article offers some fun ways to get into a math mood.

Briddles: Maths Riddles - A daily treat for your mind.


David Eppstein's Recreational Mathematics Page - Math Fun offer links to other great math activities.

Earth Measures.com: Native American Geometry DESIGNS - From the site: 'The Design Section is a playground that exercises visual/mental creativity and behavioral precision.'

The Art of Mathematics - Offers a collection of downloadable books for educators to use.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Informal Math Activities  - I offer a variety of fun and informal math activities such as: Roman Numerals, geometric art, spirals, strategy games, challenges, and quite a few other things to enjoy.

Wikipedia offers the following topics: 

List of Recreational Number Theory Topics

Journal of Recreational Mathematics


Verbal Arithmetic


Book: Recreational Mathematics

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Recreational Mathematicians


Martin Gardner.org - Martin Gardener is no longer with us, but his incredible work lives on with this site. You can get to know him via the information on this site.

NPR: Martian Gardener A Genius Of Recreational Mathematics - Read or listen to the interview about Martian Gardener. You can listen to the short interview if you click on the arrow in the upper left hand corner of the page.

Age of Puzzles: Boris Kordemsky - Read the biography of a master puzzle maker who specialized in creating nonword puzzle books.

University of Calgary: Charles Trigg - A bit of information about a man who is considered one of the foremost recreational mathematicians of the twentieth century. 

Puzzles.com: Charles Trigg - Hexagon-Circle-Hexagon - Solve one of the  puzzles he created.

Scott Kim.com -  Modern day puzzle creator, computer game designer, and author. Read or follow the blog of Scott Kim.

Peter Winkler: Games People Don't Play - Article PDF Offers a compilation of thinking games.


Wikipedia: Recreational mathematicians and puzzle creators:

Paul Erdős         Ian Stewart           Scott Kim               Ernö Rubik

Sam Loyd          Henry Dudeney      Will Shortz            Lloyd King

    

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Video: Puzzlemaster Spotlight: Scott Kim


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What is Recreational Mathematics?


The really short answer? Its about learning and exploring mathematics via math related games, riddles, and puzzles....but the activities could have you going for hours, days, weeks, or longer!

Wikipedia: Recreational Mathematics - Explains what recreational mathematics is.

Scientific American: A Quarter-Century of Recreational Mathematics - PDF Article written by Martin Gardener about 25 years of amusing puzzles and serious discoveries.

Article by Charles W. Trigg: What is Recreational Mathematics? This a PDF file. This article was written in Mathematics Magazine Vol. 51, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 18 -21

MathOverflow: Recreational mathematics: where to search? - MathOverflow is a Q & A site for professional mathematicians. This question came up and offers a few responses. 


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Check your local book store and online book stores for books that contain math related games, riddles, and puzzles.


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Here's a video about recreational mathematics...


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