Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ultimate Puzzle Giveaway!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Do you like puzzles? I do! Crossword, jigsaw, Sudoku,  ...  I love them all.

So, when I was in the SDE exhibit hall this summer and saw an exhibit with the challenge, "Finish this puzzle in three minutes and it's yours!", well, that was pretty much like a giant flashing sign with my name on it!

"Put all 16 unique pieces together to make a four by four square." I can do this, I thought to myself.
I used to be pretty good at those Crazy Dog puzzles that were a lot like this, I told myself.

Well, sadly, I didn't win it to bring home for myself. This puzzle is much trickier than it looks!

Which is one reason why it would make a great addition to your games collection, either at home or in school. These 16 unique pieces are an awesome tool for problem solving and critical thinking.!

Here's how it might look when you use it in your classroom.

Start with free exploration. The youngest learners might fit them together in a long line or shape.

The next step is to fit four pieces together into a square. There are lots of ways to do this. Turn and flip the pieces every which way to make it work! Here's one that's almost finished.

The next level?
Use nine pieces to make a three by three puzzle.

Then use all of sixteen of the pieces for a four by four square. There are more than 200 ways to do this (yet not one of them appeared to me in the alloted three minutes!)

Now, here's what will really put your puzzle solving skills to the test.
Each of the durable plastic pieces has two distinct sides, one smooth and the other rough.
"Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It": Put all 16 pieces together in a square, using all smooth or all rough sides up.

Find out more about this amazing puzzle here.

The Ultimate Puzzle would be a great activity for early finishers, math challenge tubs, partner work, and so much more! I'd love to read your comments about other ideas.

Would you like to win an Ultimate Puzzle to use with your class? The developer has generously donated one for me to give away. Here's your chance to win it!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Teaching!


  1. Good morning,

    I'd love a chance to win. However, it doesn't look like your rafflecopter link is working. Thanks for a neat post!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

    1. Hi, Christin! It's fixed now. Thanks very much for letting me know!


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