Chalk a Block
A word puzzle from Puzzle Palooza
Begin by making a grid with 16 squares arranged in four rows of four squares. Place the words in the word list so that every word in each list fits both across and down, like this:
Now give these a try:
NEAR EYES AREA DARK OKAY YEAH BAND PACE PLAY AREA EYES LYRE
Puzzle with Purpose: Puzzles like these give your girl’s brain practice in arrangement—making things make sense through organization, sequencing, and order (central to literacy, computation, and coding). Completing the puzzle using the process of elimination will give your girl’s deductive reasoning skills a great workout, too!
Table Tennis Tourney
A logic puzzle from Brain Benders
Emma, Donovan, Lux, and Caldie made it to the final four in the singles table tennis tournament. Find the winner.
- Lux never plays Caldie.
- Donovan and Caldie each play only one game.
- Emma loses only once.
Puzzle with Purpose: Classic logic puzzles like these rely on both inductive and deductive reasoning skills, close reading, and the ability to synthesize information. They invite players to think about facts and details in multiple different ways, which often prompts puzzle-solvers to work through the clues and steps again and again—all beneficial skills to practice and incredibly useful habits of mind.