## Logic Puzzles & Math Puzzles

These puzzles and books are a fun way to understand logical and mathematical concepts while making a game of it. These books and puzzles explore math in a different way since there is an actual application of the math not just a teacher making you do homework. These help with problem solving skills, outside the box thinking, and cognitive ability. We like the wooden puzzles because it takes math from pencil and paper and translates it into a physical problem.

Logic puzzles are defined as puzzles that require some degree of deductive reasoning to solve. Basically, a logic puzzle is a 'thought puzzle'. It is a puzzle that can be solved by just thinking about the information that is given and coming to the most logical conclusion. There is no need to arrange pieces in a certain order like a jigsaw puzzle, 3d puzzle, or to manipulate pieces in a particular manner like in a disentanglement puzzle. The person solving the logic puzzle may need to take a few notes in order to keep the facts in order. But logic puzzles don't require the solver to take up large areas, like a dining room table, with a bunch of pieces. One of the great things about logic puzzles is that there are quite a few books out there regarding logic puzzles which allows them to travel easily with the solver.

One of the best known examples of someone that solves logic puzzles is that of Sherlock Holmes. Ever read one of the mystery books where he describes the events that took place and how he came to the conclusion simply based on the evidence that was all around them but nobody else put together? He was using his skill of deductive reasoning which is the primary method of solving a logic puzzle.

Unlike jigsaw puzzles and 3d puzzles, a logic puzzle can be worked on anywhere since you only have to think about the puzzle and not physically construct anything. This means a logic puzzle can be worked on while on the bus to work or school, can be thought about during those boring meetings at work, or can help distract you while in the doctor's waiting room. That's the great thing about logic puzzles, once you know the facts of the puzzle, your mind can easily work on the puzzle anywhere.

A simple example of a logic puzzle is this: Mary is taller than Amy, Amy is shorter than Jane, and Jane is taller than both Mary and Amy. Now put them in order of tallest to shortest. This is a fairly simple logic puzzle but illustrates how a logic puzzle is set-up. A simple note scribbled on a piece of paper to get the correct order and then check it against the facts that are stated in the puzzle and it is solved. You can see how this type of puzzle can be done anywhere and solved rather quickly. Well, the solving quickly part is dependent on how difficult of a puzzle you selected and how much time you are actually able to devote to solving it. But, the joy is in the solving it and being able to think about the riddle itself. Solving it is always a nice accomplishment and usually leaves you wanting another logic puzzle to solve.

The first row of books below are all by

Logic puzzles are defined as puzzles that require some degree of deductive reasoning to solve. Basically, a logic puzzle is a 'thought puzzle'. It is a puzzle that can be solved by just thinking about the information that is given and coming to the most logical conclusion. There is no need to arrange pieces in a certain order like a jigsaw puzzle, 3d puzzle, or to manipulate pieces in a particular manner like in a disentanglement puzzle. The person solving the logic puzzle may need to take a few notes in order to keep the facts in order. But logic puzzles don't require the solver to take up large areas, like a dining room table, with a bunch of pieces. One of the great things about logic puzzles is that there are quite a few books out there regarding logic puzzles which allows them to travel easily with the solver.

One of the best known examples of someone that solves logic puzzles is that of Sherlock Holmes. Ever read one of the mystery books where he describes the events that took place and how he came to the conclusion simply based on the evidence that was all around them but nobody else put together? He was using his skill of deductive reasoning which is the primary method of solving a logic puzzle.

Unlike jigsaw puzzles and 3d puzzles, a logic puzzle can be worked on anywhere since you only have to think about the puzzle and not physically construct anything. This means a logic puzzle can be worked on while on the bus to work or school, can be thought about during those boring meetings at work, or can help distract you while in the doctor's waiting room. That's the great thing about logic puzzles, once you know the facts of the puzzle, your mind can easily work on the puzzle anywhere.

A simple example of a logic puzzle is this: Mary is taller than Amy, Amy is shorter than Jane, and Jane is taller than both Mary and Amy. Now put them in order of tallest to shortest. This is a fairly simple logic puzzle but illustrates how a logic puzzle is set-up. A simple note scribbled on a piece of paper to get the correct order and then check it against the facts that are stated in the puzzle and it is solved. You can see how this type of puzzle can be done anywhere and solved rather quickly. Well, the solving quickly part is dependent on how difficult of a puzzle you selected and how much time you are actually able to devote to solving it. But, the joy is in the solving it and being able to think about the riddle itself. Solving it is always a nice accomplishment and usually leaves you wanting another logic puzzle to solve.

The first row of books below are all by

__Martin Gardner__who created, collected, and compiled recreational mathematics puzzles for decades. He spent 20+ years writing the "Mathematical Games" column in*Scientific American*magazine. If you are looking for a well rounded collection of mathematical puzzle challenges then Martin Gardner's book are a wonderful start.**Click on the image to view it larger and click the blue link to see current prices.**
The books shown to the right are all by
Martin Gardner who was a prolific creator of mathematical puzzles and authored many great books on the subject. Please take the time to check out some of his works. |

This is
two puzzles in one. The side shown has 12 columns that must add up to 100. Flip the wood pieces over and there are only six columns to line up to get 100. Start with the easier side then take on the more challenging one later. |
The objective with
this puzzle is to get the 16 columns in line so they add to 50 at the same time. The real trick is that the notches can cover some of the numbers adding to the difficulty of the puzzle. |

This book is overflowing with
hundreds of math, logic, number, crypto, fractions, geometry, etc. type puzzles. It is geared to grades 3-5 and will stimulate any mind with different ways of looking at mathematics. |
Looking for some
math puzzles for someone in grades 6-8? This is a step up from the previous book that continues to challenge readers to think critically and engage them in a way that will get them to understand math on a deeper level. |

A seemingly simple
geometric puzzle that requires the pieces to be re-arranged so that there is room enough for the single rectangular piece to be fit in with the rest. Sounds simple enough but it will require a bit of time to nest the pieces correctly. |
This book is meant for grades 4 and up and contains a variety of
math based riddles and puzzles. It gets kids to realize how math can be used to answer different problems they may encounter. |

This is a
great logic puzzle book in that there are a solid 200 grid type problems to solve. It also gives stats on the average time it takes to solve each puzzle if you're the competitive type. |
A small
pocket sized book with 100 grid based logic puzzles. They're of moderate difficulty so it's probably not for kids. We like the small size (about 3" x 5") so it fits easily anywhere. |
This is another of our favorites. It's a slightly
different take on the crossword puzzle but for some reason we like these over crosswords. |