Math Puzzles for Kids

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Welcome to the 2nd Grade Math Salamanders Math Puzzles for Kids.

Here you will find our selection of printable shape puzzles to help your child to learn about shapes and apply their knowledge of shapes to solve problems.

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Math Puzzles for Kids - Shape Puzzles

The following puzzles involve solving problems by counting or drawing shapes.

Some puzzles on the page has been created for different ability levels within second grade, with the easier puzzles always coming first in each section.

Each math puzzle comes complete with its own answer sheet.

Using the sheets in this section will help your child to:

- apply their knowledge of shapes;
- reconise shapes in different orientations;
- develop systematic recording;
- develop problem solving skills.

Count the Rectangles Puzzle

This is a straightforward puzzle which involves counting the number of rectangles on two rectilinear shapes.

It is a good activity for develop careful recording skills, as there can be rectangles within rectangles.

The puzzle also reinforces the fact that a square is also a member of the rectangle family.

Count the Triangles Puzzle

This is a straightforward puzzle which involves counting the number of triangles on two different triangular shapes.

It is a good activity for develop careful recording skills, as there can be triangles within triangles.

Rectangle Up Puzzle

This puzzle is an easier version of the Square Up Puzzle.

It involves drawing as many rectangles as possible on a square grid with 9 dots.

It is a great puzzle for developing systematic working and getting children to look at shapes in different ways.

Square Up Puzzle

This puzzle is a harder version of the Rectangle Up Puzzle.

It involves drawing as many squares as possible on a square grid with 16 dots.

It is a great puzzle for developing systematic working and getting children to look at shapes in different ways.

This puzzle is accessible for all children in grade 2, though not many will be able to find all the solutions without help!

Pattern Blocks Puzzles

These math puzzles for kids have been designed to get children to try to work out how to make a shape from pattern blocks with only an outline guide.

It is a bit like a geometry jigsaw with no picture to guide you!

Some children may surprise you with this activity and perform much better (or much worse) than you expect!

There are 3 different puzzles available - the puzzles are all at a fairly similar level of difficulty.

Each pattern block puzzle comes with its own resource sheet to make the puzzle - though you will need scissors to cut them out!

A thumbnail image of the answer has been show to give you an idea what the final outcome will be!

Addition and Subtraction Puzzles

The puzzles in this section mainly focus on adding and subtracting numbers.

The puzzles start with adding and subtracting to 20, and progress on to harder levels and more complex puzzles.

Using the puzzles in this section will help your child to:

- develop their adding and subtracting skills;
- develop trial and improvement strategies;
- improve problem solving skills.

All the sheets in this section will help your child to learn their addition and subtraction facts and become more confident with handling numbers mentally.

Puzzles at the Math Salamanders

There are also a wide selection of math puzzles for kids at the Math Salamanders from 1st to 5th grade.

The puzzles vary greatly in their level of difficulty and the skills involved in solving the puzzles.

Using the link below will open a new browser window in our main Math Salamanders site.

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Whether you are looking for a free Homeschool Math Worksheet collection, banks of useful Math resources for teaching kids, or simply wanting to improve your child's Math learning at home, there is something here at the Math Salamanders for you!

The Math Salamanders hope you enjoy using these free printable Math worksheets and all our other Math games and resources.

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Here is the grading guide for our worksheets.

White

White is the easiest level for children at their early stages in 2nd grade.

Orange

Orange - this is the medium level of difficulty for children who are becoming more confident and working at the expected level in 2nd grade.

Purple

Purple - this is the hardest level for children who are nearly ready for 3rd grade math, or need that extra challenge.

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