Are you looking for some fun, engaging, and free back to school math activities to share with your kids?

The first days of school are an exciting time for students, and sharing activities that channel your kids' enthusiasm into fun learning experiences is a great way to start the year off on the right foot.

That’s why I’ll be sharing fun Back to School Math Puzzles with my kids during each day of the first week of school this year.  Math puzzles and challenge problems give your kids an opportunity to think critically and deeply about mathematics, develop problem-solving strategies, and work through challenging problems.

And when math activities incorporate your kids' personal interests, their engagement will skyrocket!

So, go ahead and try these challenges and puzzles with your kids this back to school season. These free back to school math worksheets are perfect for warm-up and/or cool-down activities and are great for sparking mathematical discussions in your home or classroom.

The puzzles are perfect for students in grades 3 through 8.

How to Download: You can download any of the puzzles by right-clicking on the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping it to your desktop.

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1.) Order of Operations Puzzle


Use your math skills to find the value of each icon and the '?'

Apple = 12

Notebook = 12

School Bus = 8

Pencil Sharpener = 4

? = 36

Hint: Since the apple and the notebook are equal to each other, they are interchangeable. 

2.) Multiplication Table


Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Apple = 1

Chalk Board = 3

Sneaker = 2

School Bus = 6

Notebook = 18


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3.) Which One Doesn't Belong? (WODB)


WODB activities are meant to spark mathematical thinking and discussion and do not have a single correct answer. They work well as warm-up and cool-down activities.

Want to learn more about how to use WOBD? math activities with your kids? click here

Tip: Have your kids justify their thinking in writing!

Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!

4.) Think-Notice-Wonder (Writing Prompt)


Writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings, which leads to deep and meaningful understanding of difficult math concepts.

Think/Notice/Wonder is a great strategy for getting your kids engaged in math writing every day.

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Want more? Download 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

You can now share 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts with your kids with our PDF workbook!

5.) Two Truths and One Lie (2T1L)


2T1L activities help your kids to develop reasoning skills, make logical arguments, express their ideas in words, and engage with visual mathematics—which ultimately leads to deeper and more meaningful understanding of challenging topics and concepts.

Answer: Statement 2 is a lie because any value divided by zero is undefined. 



Looking to Share More 2T1L With Your Kids This Year?

You can now share 101 Two Truths and One Lie Math Activities for Grades 3-5 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


What strategies are you using to engage your kids this back to school season? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico


Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.


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