Online Number Puzzles
Like playing logic puzzles, even the more “traditional-math”-based games help us exercise our brains while simultaneously practicing fluency in operations. The following games allow players to practice mathematical operations, but more importantly, they also promote the players' ability to tap into their intuition to use numbers like puzzle pieces to conquer challenges. One of the most inherent characteristics of mathematics is that you do not need a teacher to tell if you arrived at the correct solution – the numbers themselves are instant feedback. Play on!
How strong is your number sense? Kakooma is an ingenious online game that challenges you to combine your visual perceptive skills with your math skills to find two pieces of the puzzle that add up to or multiply to get the third number. Kakooma is not only a single-player puzzle, but you can also compete in real time with other players all over the world. Check out Kakooma!
One of GregTang.com's latest games, Numtanga is a fantastic tool that helps players draw connections between different visual representations of the same concept. Multiple drawings of numbers are displayed that vary in representation such as numbers, dots, fingers being held up, and numbers written out. Players much find matches such as "1/2" and "one half", or two quarters and "$.50", or seven dots with "7". You can play online or purchase the deck of cards to play at home or anywhere on the go. Check out and play Numtanga!
More challenging number puzzles will continue to be added soon!
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