Math Puzzles For Kids – 1st to 7th Grades

Math-puzzlesMath puzzles for children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. These puzzles are fun activities for children and cover several math topics in the grades earlier mentioned. Each link below points to a printable PDF sheet which also has an answer sheet attached. Get kids more engaged with our challenging yet interesting math puzzles.

Across downs

Magic Square

Matchup Puzzles

Number patterns

Secret trails

Circle drill

Table drill


Free Useful Maths Puzzles For Kids

Puzzles are an interesting yet challenging fun activity for kids. Some maths puzzles involve using shapes to complete a structure, finding your way around a maze, word searches and more. Some typical math puzzles offered on Math4childrenplus are: Magic squares, across down puzzles, match-up puzzles, circle drill, table drill and number sequences.
Across down math puzzles: These puzzles contain math problems in a square e.g. addition and subtraction problems. Each problem appears across a row or down a column. The problem contains one missing number if looking across or down. Children should use their skills in addition or subtraction to find the missing numbers and complete the puzzle. Each puzzle has an answer sheet attached.
Magic Squares math puzzles: This puzzle contains a grid with numbers filled up in some spaces. Other spaces are left out blank. Students need to find a number called the ‘magic number’ and find out other number combinations which make up that number. Kids keep filling up other spaces as they figure out the missing numbers.
Match-up puzzles: This puzzle could be applied for any kind of math topic. In the current case, addition, subtraction and division problems have been used. Children are expected to solve a problem and match it to the correct answer. A pen and ruler is needed to draw a line that makes the match. This is a suitable worksheet for extra homework and could be used also as a printable classroom test.
Circle drill puzzles: A circle drill contains a large circle within which are two smaller circles. The central circle contains a number beside which is an operation e.g. addition, subtraction, division or multiplication. The outer circle contains other numbers. Children are expected to use the central number and the operation near it to solve the puzzle. It could also serve as a PDF printable worksheets for extra homework practice and as a fun game for children at home.
Secret trails: This contains a group of numbers within a grid and a final number at the end of the grid. Kids have to look at the maze of numbers and determine using their addition or subtraction skills, which line of numbers lead to the circled number at the bottom of the table.
Table drill: This contains a table divided up into grids. The top grid contains a series of numbers while the column grid contains another series. The top left hand grid contains an operation e.g. addition, subtraction, division, multiplication etc. Children have to look at the two numbers across a horizontal and vertical grid and use the operation to find the answer. The answers are filled up in the grids that do not contain numbers. There is an answer key attached for reference.
Number sequence: This contains a series of numbers which progress in a particular way. Kids need to find the operation or number that defines the sequence so as to find the next numbers. After finding these numbers, they should be written down in the spaces that follow.
These puzzles are an exciting way to teaching kids math in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. They are also useful resources for testing and reinforcing math skills children learn over different levels. Teachers can use these to supplement their course while parents could use them to increase kid’s attention in a fun way.