Math Games for Kids


Toothpick Squares
Create a chart to figure out how many toothpicks your kids need for certain toothpick squares.
Create a chart to figure out how many toothpicks your kids need for certain toothpick squares.
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Have your children find the smallest number of toothpicks to make a square in a challenging toothpick square game.

What You'll Need:

  • Toothpicks
  • Paper
  • Pencil

How to Play Toothpick Squares:

Step 1: Find the smallest number of toothpicks your children can use to make a square. That's easy: four. But what's the smallest number of toothpicks they can use to make two squares with a connecting side? Or three squares with connecting sides? What about four squares?

Step 2: Have them make a chart with two columns. In the first column they should list the number of squares they are going to make with toothpicks -- with connected sides. In the second column they should list the smallest number of toothpicks they can use to make those squares.

Step 3: Now have them make the toothpick squares, and record their findings on the chart. After constructing several toothpick squares, see if they can find a pattern in the numbers they recorded.

For another toothpick math game, keep reading to learn how your kids can make shapes out of toothpicks.

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