Mental Math (Printable Puzzles)

Mental math. It causes so many students anxiety, but it’s a critical skill to be able to do more complex math. I’ve seen ideas similar to this, but they seem to use more prep (like writing things on craft sticks), so I’ve made my own. If you want each student to complete this puzzle, I recommend giving this page to each student, having them cut out the strips and glue them on a piece of paper in the right order. If you only want one set for your classroom, be sure to print it on card stock and then laminate the strips so they last longer!

Mental Math A Sticker

Mental Math Puzzle A – Answer Key
Mental Math Puzzle A

Mental Math B Sticker

Mental Math Puzzle B – Answer Key
Mental Math Puzzle B

Mental Math C Sticker

Mental Math Puzzle C – Answer Key
Mental Math Puzzle C

What’s My Equation? Array Math Puzzles

Here’s a simple idea that one reader submitted. Cut out a bunch of paper fall leaves (or any seasonal shape, like snowflakes for winter, hearts for Valentine’s Day, etc.) and laminate them. Then attach a magnet to the back.

Fall Equations 1Then put an array up on your white board. Ask your students what equation is depicted. There will be more than one way to write the equation.

Fall Equations 2 Fall Equations 3


Then discuss the answers as a class. For younger grades, the answer could be “4+4+4 = 12″ or +3+3+3+3=12”, but for upper grades the answer could also include “4×3=12” or “3×4=12”.Fall Equations 4This would make a great warm up for math lessons. Have any great ideas for building number sense? Send them to me at squareheadteachers at gmail dot com. 🙂

Printable Math Flash Cards

math flash cards STICKERHere are some printable math flash cards that I made using the Microsoft Word 2013 templates. (Can you tell I’m a big fan of the new Office suite!?)

Click below to view the free printable math flash cards:
Addition Flash Cards- back side
Addition Flash Cards- Front side

Division flash cards – back side
Division flash cards – front side

Multiplication Flash Cards- Back side
Multiplication Flash Cards- Front side

Subtraction flash cards – Back side
Subtraction flash cards – Front side

Spring Color By Number Worksheet

Spring color by number STICKERThis is one of my spring color by number pages. It uses simple addition and subtraction, so it’d be good for kindergarten or (maybe struggling first graders). The kids color sections of the picture based on the answer to the question.

Click here for the free printable PDF: Spring Color by Number

Fact Families Graphic Organizer

Fact Family G.O. STICKERI saw this idea somewhere and fell in love with it! This little house is home to a “fact family.” You could use this for addition/subtraction or for multiplication/division.  I’ve made a full page version and a half page version. Sometimes having to complete a half sheet (rather than a full sheet) seems less intimidating to kids even if it’s got the same thing on it. I’ve included a page to use as an example of how to complete the graphic organizer.

Click here for the free printables:
Fact Family graphic organizer – double
Fact Family graphic organizer – full page
Fact Family graphic organizer- example


Double Digit Addition (3)

Double Digit Addition fox STICKERHere’s the last of my series of 3 worksheets for double digit addition. This worksheet is appropriate for lower grades.

Click here for the free printable PDF (with answer key): Double Digit Addition – Fox

Double Digit Addition (2)

Double Digit Addition Penguin STICKERStill working on learning how to “carry” numbers from the ones place to the tens place? Here’s some more double digit addition practice for lower grades. It’s the 2nd of 3 worksheets.

Click here for the free printable PDF (with answer key): Double Digit Addition – Penguin

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Double Digit Addition

Double Digit Addition Robot STICKERLearning how to “carry” numbers from the ones place to the tens place is hard for kids. When you’re learning this skill (used in double digit addition), there’s no such thing as too much practice. Here’s one of my series of 3 addition worksheets (for lower grades).

Click here for the free printable PDF (with answer key): Double Digit Addition – Robot