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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