Logic puzzles for first graders

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KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE

Many teachers working with gifted and advanced students are required to focus on specific disciplines. The following resources focus on math concepts and skills, problem solving, logic and critical thinking. Resources listed here have been used in K-1 gifted or advanced classes, but ability levels vary from one G/T program to another. If you have any questions about any of these resources or have suggestions for additions, please send a MESSAGE.

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RECOMMENDED MATH MATERIALS / CURRICULUM

Mentoring Mathematical Minds ~ (Grades K-2)

Natural Math – (math circles recommended – books by grade level here)

Marcy Cook Number Tile Activities (see blog post)

Open Middle ~ challenging math problems for all grades that have multiple solutions!

Find the X Tile  (blog post)

Math Analogies (grades K-2)

Cognition Logic Puzzles ~ similar to Logic Links

Math Super Stars (choose the level best for your students)

NRICH (Rich Mathematics)- interactive games and activities

Primary GradeChallenge Math(Ed Zacarro)

Rubik’s Cube Units and Lessons

RECOMMENDED LOGIC MATERIALS

Mind Benders

Mashup Math Puzzles

Shapes and Logic 

Logic Links(workbook with punch-out colored chips) /Logic Links(box game set)

Solve Me Puzzles

Crayon Logic (blog post)

Sudoku for Kids (4×4 and 6×6 grids) There are also some free printables here.

LESSON and UNIT IDEAS: 

Two-Dice Sums

Beyond Sudoku: Kakuro and Futoshiki (blog post with teaching slide shows)

Kyudoku Logic Puzzles (blog post with video tutorial)

S.C.A.M.P.E.R. – Numbers and Math – (mini-unit / TPT $4 – see blog post)

Color~Number Logic

Sweet Treats (beginner logic puzzle)

You’ve Got Game: Figure Out the Rules – articulating rules for math games and activities

Team Logic: Cooperative Problem Solving (K-3) ~ blog post

Less is More Game – strategy game that reinforces place value (teacher resources here)

Card Sort ~ (sample activity – visual-spatial thinking) / see blog post)

Mastermind Game for Beginners

Exploring Shapes (Mensa) 

Chocolate Fix (see blog post about this)

Maker Math (Area & Perimeter)

Trend-Spotting (math and multidisciplinary unit for gifted kindergarteners)

Taking Shape (math and multidisciplinary unit for gifted first graders)

A City of Towers (one lesson ~ be sure to view the Teacher Resources)

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Math Puzzles for 1st Grade

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Welcome to our Math Puzzles for 1st grade page.

Here you will find our range of 1st Grade Math Brain Teasers and Puzzles which will help your child apply and practice their Math skills to solve a range of challenges and number problems.

Math Puzzles

Using puzzles is a great way to learn Math facts and develop mental calculation and thinking skills in a fun and easy way.

Most children are much more engaged and motivated solving puzzles than working out pages of traditional math facts.

Using these math puzzles below will help your child to develop their Math fact skills as well as their strategic thinking and reasoning.

There are different versions of each puzzle from 1st to 5th grade, so it is easy to find an easier or harder version of the same puzzle.

Each puzzle comes complete with answers.

Math Puzzles for 1st Grade

Here you will find a range of challenges and puzzles to develop your child's math skills and number facts in a fun way.

These puzzles have been designed to support the first grade skills of adding and subtracting, as well as problem solving.

Using these math puzzles for 1st grade will help your child to:

  • learn and practice their addition facts to 12+12;
  • practice their subtraction facts to 12;
  • develop problem solving skills and reasoning.
All of our math puzzles for 1st grade support Common Core.

Math Puzzles for 1st Grade

Salamander Line-Up

Salamander Line-up involves placing salamanders on a square grid so that no salamander is in the same row or column as another salamander.

It is a good puzzle for developing logical and reasoning skills.

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Tricolor Circles Puzzle

Tricolor Circles puzzle is a simple puzzle involving coloring nine circles linked together so that no two touching circles are the same color.

It is a good activity for developing reasoning and logic!

1st grade math problems tricolor circles

Five Circles Puzzle

Five Circles puzzle is a simple puzzle involving placing numbers in five circles so that the totals of the rows and columns are the same.

It is a good activity for adding together several small numbers and for developing perseverance!

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Captain's Square Puzzle

Captain's Square puzzle involves working out the totals of rows and columns made up of different salamanders. Each salamander has its own value.

Great for learning to add together several small numbers, and it is very easy to extend by changing the values of the salamanders.

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Newton's Crosses Puzzle

Newton's crosses puzzle is a challenge which involves placing numbers in the correct place to get the same total in each row and column in the cross.

It is a similar puzzle to the 5 Circles puzzle and a good activity for practicing addition facts.

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The Two Chests Puzzle 1

The Two Chests Puzzle is a puzzle which involves placing 5 bags of coins into the chests so that one of the chests contains double the amount of the other chest.

It is a good activity to use for practicing addition facts, and also to develop trial-and-improvement strategies.

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Quadra's Square Puzzle

Quadra's Square Puzzle is a puzzle which involves placing digits in the correct places so that each row and column adds up to the same number.

It is a good activity to use for practicing adding, and also to develop perseverance.

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Quadra's Addition Square Puzzle

Quadra's Square Puzzle is a puzzle which involves placing numbers in the correct places so that each hexagon is the sum of the two circles that join it.

There are 4 missing digits to place so that the sums are correct.

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Magic Square Puzzle

Magic Square Puzzle is a puzzle which involves placing digits in the correct places so that each row, column and diagonal adds up to the same number.

It is a good activity to use for practicing adding, and also to develop perseverance.

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Sally's Hexagon Puzzle

Sally's hexagon number puzzle is a challenge which involve accurate adding of two numbers together.

Each number in the hexagon pyramid is made by adding up the 2 numbers below it.

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Arithmogon Triangle Puzzle

The Arithmogon triangle puzzle is a math puzzle to help develop adding and subtracting numbers and is also useful for developing logical thinking and pre-algebra skills at a higher level.

The numbers in the two circles are added together to give the number in the linking rectangle.

Puzzle 1b is a harder puzzle for more able mathematicians.

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Newton's Number Track Puzzle

Newton's number track puzzle is a math puzzle to help develop adding of small numbers together.

Each number in the number track is made by adding the 2 previous numbers together.

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Quadra's Operation Puzzle

Quadra's operation puzzle involves choosing the correct operations to make the math fact correct.

Great for developing adding and subtracting skills, and getting children to experiment with numbers and develop a number sense.

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Tree Adding Puzzle

This adding puzzle involves using addition to work out the missing numbers on the trees.

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Number Maze Target 15 Puzzle

The aim of this puzzle is for you to finish the maze with a total of 15. Choose your path carefully!

The maze involves adding and subtracting up to 20.

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Number Grid Challenge: Target 20 Puzzle

The aim of this grid puzzle is for you to find a path through the grid with a total of 20. Choose your path carefully!

The maze involves adding a series of 4 to 5 numbers (with values up to 9) together to try to get a total of 20.

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Looking for a harder puzzle...?

If these Math Puzzles for 1st grade are not at the right level for you, try some of our harder 2nd grade math puzzles.

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More Recommended Math Worksheets

Take a look at some more of our worksheets similar to these math puzzles for 1st grade.

Number Search Puzzles

Number Search Puzzles are a great way to get children looking for numbers and developing number recognition skills.

They are also a good resource for developing short term number memory skills, and can be a good way to take the fear out of large numbers.

We have a range of different number search puzzles - from easier puzzles to trickier ones to work out.

With the easier puzzles, the numbers only go horizontally (left to right) or vertically downwards.

The numbers get progressively larger on the trickier puzzles, and the grids get larger.

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First Grade Math Games

Here you will find a range of free printable First Grade Math games. All children like to play Math games, and you will find a good range of 1st Grade Math Games here for your child to play and enjoy.

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1st Grade Math Word Problems

Here you will find a range of math word problems aimed at first grade level. Each problem sheet is based on an interesting theme such as parties or the seaside.

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Longer Math Problems

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Math Riddles

Here is our collection of free math riddles from 1st grade to 5th grade.

You will find a range of number riddles which will help your child to develop their place value skills, as well as developing their problem solving and reasoning.

The riddles are also useful for developing understanding of mathematical language.

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Please give us feedback on any of our math puzzles for 1st grade at the bottom of the page.

 

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