Hopefully you and your children tried out some of the problems from my last blog! Any chance I can give my own children the opportunity to work on perseverance, I know they are developing their problem solving skills. I see new sides to their thinking and new ways of them looking at the problem. They tend to take more risks with problems like the ones below and don’t give up easily. I believe the more we make math fun and develop a stronger sense of perseverance, the better mathematicians our children will become and feel better about themselves in math class!

Keep challenging your children and enjoy these problems!

**Six Xs**

Put 6 Xs in the square below, so that none of the Xs line up with another X horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

**Magic Circle**

Insert the numbers 1 – 11 so that any 3 numbers in a straight line add up to 18.

**Toothpick Trick**

Set up 12 toothpicks like below to make 4 squares. Move 4 sticks to make 3 squares. You must use all the toothpicks!