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Triangle Pattern Puzzles | Basic Operations | Grades 3-6


Engage your kids with these challenging puzzles to practice basic math operations & build algebraic understanding.


Your kids will have so much fun figuring out the ‘rule’ in each puzzle and then solving for the missing number.

This is a great way to introduce kids to the idea of a function and help them to see patterns.

And as kids look for patterns, they will be practicing basic math operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication & division!

How to Solve the Puzzles:

Each slide includes 3 triangles with 3 numbers. Each puzzle has a rule for the 3 numbers that gives the solution for the center number.

Once kids figure out the rule of the puzzle, the evaluate the final triangle to find the missing number.

Clear directions with an example are included so students understand how to solve the puzzles.

Included in the Download:

  • Access link to 20 puzzles in Google Slides & directions for assigning in Google Classroom
  • Convenient, printable versions of the puzzles
  • “Create your own” version of the puzzle
  • Answer key for all 20 puzzles

Triangle Pattern Puzzles: Math Skills Covered

These puzzles are meant to help students practice basic operations in a fun & engaging way, as well as build a foundation for early Algebra skills. The puzzles increase in difficulty, incorporating the following skills:

  • #1-5: Addition & Subtraction
  • #6-10: Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication within 5
  • #11-15: Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication with larger numbers
  • #16-20: Multiplication & Division

**To see an example of all that’s included, click here to see a preview of what’s included!**

Note: The digital and printable puzzles are the same puzzles. There are 28 puzzles total, but 2 different versions for your convenience.

*Please Note: This product is intended for your personal use in the home or classroom only. You may not share, link to the file or digital slides, distribute, print for others or alter this product in any way. In addition, this product includes a downloadable pdf file, which can be printed, as well as a link to digital slides. No physical product will be mailed to you.*


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