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Adding Fun to Maths: Mystery Picture Puzzles for Engaging and Enjoyable Practice

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

Mathematics is a subject that often gets a reputation for being dry and boring, especially when it comes to repetitive practice of the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. However, learning these fundamental skills doesn't have to be a monotonous task. By incorporating mystery picture puzzles into your maths lessons, you can transform the learning experience, making it fun, engaging and rewarding for students. In this blog post, we'll explore the use of picture puzzles to add excitement and motivation to your maths practice.


The Concept Behind Mystery Picture Puzzles


Mystery Picture Puzzles provide a unique approach to practising math skills. Instead of simply answering questions on a worksheet, students solve problems to reveal a hidden picture. This element of mystery and accomplishment adds an extra layer of motivation and excitement to the learning process. The puzzles require no preparation from the teacher and can be easily copied and distributed to students.



Mystery Picture Puzzles
Adding Fun To Maths: Mystery Picture Puzzles

How It Works


Each picture puzzle consists of a grid containing spaces for questions and a picture grid. Students are provided with a set of addition and subtraction sums involving double-digit numbers. They solve each problem and locate the corresponding answer from the options provided. Once they have identified the correct answer, they cut it out and glue it onto the corresponding question space in the grid. As they progress through the puzzles, the picture gradually emerges. The completed picture serves as a visual reward for their hard work and perseverance.


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Benefits of Using Picture Puzzles in Maths Practice


1. Engagement: Picture puzzles captivate students' attention, making math practice more enjoyable. The element of mystery and the visual reward of completing the picture keep students motivated throughout the activity.


2. Active Learning: Rather than passively answering questions, students actively participate in the learning process. They analyse the sums, make calculations, and match the answers, reinforcing their understanding of concepts.


3. Differentiated Learning: Picture puzzles can be tailored to different levels of difficulty. Teachers can provide puzzles with varying degrees of challenge to accommodate the diverse needs of their students. This ensures that every learner is appropriately challenged and supported.


4. Versatility: These puzzles are versatile and can be used in various settings, such as math centres, rotations, or even as homework assignments. They are equally effective for individual practice or small group collaboration.


Check out some of the Mystery Picture Puzzle packages we have available at Bee Happy Teaching.




Maths practice doesn't have to be dull and repetitive. By incorporating picture puzzles into your teaching strategies, you can inject fun, engagement, and motivation into your classroom. These puzzles provide an exciting way for students to reinforce their skills, as they work towards completing a hidden picture. So, let's embrace the power of picture puzzles and transform maths practice from mundane to marvellous!


Remember, the journey of learning should be as enjoyable as the destination of mastery.


What other teachers have said:


💛 "I really liked how I could differentiate for my students with this resource. It was fun for them and they really enjoying practicing a different way." Teri A.


💛 "My students loved this activity! They were completely engaged. Thank you!" Criselle


💛 "These are a great resource to practice our skills with a little bit of fun too. Thank you!" Plan Teach Engage


💛 "Such a creative way for students to practice their addition and subtraction to 20 skills! My students and I loved the resource, thank you!" Evelyn


💛 "My students love this resource! They worked on their own or with a partner to find the answers. I like how this activity had them cut and glue the squares. Cannot wait to use it again!" Zenaida

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