Did you know that Math Playground has more than 250 logic games to support your math curriculum? These games are packed with learning opportunities that are essential for the development of a broad range of reasoning skills. Our logic games provide problem solving scenarios that help students gain expertise in pattern recognition, analytical thinking, and other essential problem solving skills.
Fun Games, Serious Results
Carefully crafted problems are at the heart of our logic games. These fun, colorful puzzles provide far more than entertaining challenges. They give students opportunities to apply logical thinking, develop spatial reasoning skills, plan ahead, and visualize strategic moves. Spatial reasoning skills are particularly important. Educators at the MindShift blog (including Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, and Zachary Hawes) have identified five compelling reasons to teach spatial reasoning skills. One important observation is that spatial reasoning tasks are inclusive and invite students of all abilities to reason mathematically.
While exploring game environments, students analyze cause and effect situations and apply trial and error strategies. They collect data and make decisions. They may even reason about numbers. When students play our logic games, they are engaging in the very same processes that mathematicians engage in when faced with a new problem to solve. Christina DeCarbo, a first grade teacher, contends that logical thinking is an essential problem solving skill necessary for mathematical reasoning and that we, as teachers, must help students develop this skill set in the classroom.
Top 10 Problem Solving Skills
- Sequential Reasoning
- Creative Thinking
- Spatial Reasoning
- Computational Thinking
- Geometric Thinking
- Planning Strategies
- Trial and Error
- Testing Ideas
- Analyzing Outcomes
To make it easy for teachers to use our logic games in the classroom, we developed a collection of videos that describe how to play many of the games. The videos were narrated by Bob Sprankle, an award-winning elementary school teacher. When Bob recorded these videos for Math Playground, he wanted to capture his unique style of teaching. To do that, he envisioned explaining how to play the games to his own students. Bob intentionally made errors while playing the games to show children what to do when things don’t quite go as planned. Another lesson he teaches is to persevere in problem solving. Bob often saw connections between the logic games he reviewed and the 3rd grade math concepts he taught at school. He identifies key learning points in the beginning of each video and reinforces those ideas at the end.
Tiny King is a point and click game that invites students to explore a magical world and discover its many engaging puzzles. To solve the puzzles, you’ll need to be adventurous and experiment with lots of different ideas. Trial and error will be your guide as you learn to apply logic and reasoning to an often surreal environment. If you get stuck, you can always reset the level and try again. Join Tiny King in his quest for the gold key and enjoy some wacky and whimsical problem solving.
Our Favorite Logic Games
Jelly Slice is a problem solving puzzle with one simple rule. You must split a blob of jelly so that each piece contains a star. The pieces may be any size but you can only make a limited number of cuts. You’ll have to use creative thinking and spatial reasoning to get the job done. There are no time limits which means you can focus entirely on problem solving and logical thinking for as long as you need. Progress is saved at every level so you can always come back to the game another time. There are 5 different worlds and 120 spatial reasoning puzzles to solve. Any way you slice it, this game will give your brain a workout.
Red Block Escape is a spatial reasoning puzzle that is hard to resist. At each level, you must guide a block to the exit. To fall through the exit, the block has to arrive in an upright position. Once you learn how to move through the world, elements such as bridges and teleportation devices are introduced. The levels can be challenging and require a good deal of planning. At each step, you have the opportunity to apply what you learned in previous levels. Red Block Escape contains 18 puzzles that combine problem solving with visual thinking. Can you solve them all?
Snail Bob 2 is a problem solving adventure filled with playful exploration, mechanical gadgets, and unusual creatures. The goal of each level is to guide Snail Bob to the exit. Sometimes you’ll know what to do without any help at all. Other times, you’ll need to think creatively to solve the puzzles. Progress is saved at every level so you can always come back to the game another time. Snail Bob 2 is a point and click puzzle game that children love to play again and again.
Sweet Drmzzz is a problem solving adventure that encourages creative thinking and perseverance. The challenges at each level often have more than one solution and there may be many paths to travel. Along the way, you’ll need to apply what was learned in earlier levels to solve the more difficult challenges ahead. Spatial reasoning skills become important when gravity is reversed in the game world and perspective changes. So go ahead. Hop into your alarm clock and explore a most unusual galaxy!
Getting Started with Logic Games
All of the logic games on Math Playground are organized by grade level. The best way to find age-appropriate logic games is to visit your grade level page. Choose a game and play a couple of levels. Pay attention to the type of reasoning involved. If the game comes with a support video, observe how Bob introduces the game world, the goal of each level, and the rules. You may want to project the game on a white board and invite the whole class to participate. Later, you can challenge students to complete the game on their own. Extend the learning by asking your students to write about the game. Did they enjoy it? Why or why not? How would they make it more fun? Creative students may be inspired to design their own games. The possibilities are endless. During free time, encourage students to explore other types of logic games on Math Playground. We have a wide variety of game themes, from animal adventures to space exploration. They all have one thing in common. Our games make learning fun!