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Magic Triangle Play

Ready for some *Triangle fun*? Great way for students to build critical thinking skills while they're having fun with triangles!

**Magic Triangle**

**Skills**: Mental Addition

**How To Solve**:

Fill in the empty circles of the triangle so each row of the triangle adds up to the same number (*Magic Number*). See picture below.

So now let's try to do some triangles that are just a bit tougher. These magic triangles have** four numbers on each side** *instead* of three. But they're still worked out the same way.

So you can see *we've filled out a few of the numbers* for you already to make it a little easier. The *magic number* for this one is **19**. The student's task is to fill in the missing numbers so that the sum of each side totals 19. Print the triangles here.

Make sure your students try to work it out first before giving them the answers. Print the solutions.

So if your kids enjoyed the Magic Tringles, let's throw some other classic shapes in to get their creative mind juices flowing...

They'll probably enjoy solving some Magic Squares:

- Magic Squares - "the basics"
- Magic Square Puzzles
- Fraction Magic Squares
- Multiplication Magic Squares

*- Time for some Circle Magic -*

A *Magic Triangle is like a puzzle and kids*, and even us adults, enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as we make progress in completing it!

- Math puzzles help students who
*hate or are frightened of math*, to*have fun while developing thinking skills*at the same time. - Help
*increase numeracy skills*and*logical thinking*. - Help students with
*developing concentration*as well as*perseverance*.

Doing puzzles like Magic Triangles can help students with ** pattern recognition**, a useful skill for success in math: To solve a magic triangle, kids need to recognize patterns within the given numbers.

Math is also very systematic. Solving a magic triangle often requires a * systematic approach*. Kids learn to tackle problems in an organized manner by trying out different number combinations and evaluating their effects on the overall sum of each side.

Math is sometimes not black and white and kids should be encouraged that ** Trial and Error** is a helpful tool that can be used to learn, especially in a subject like math.

Solving a magic triangle, kids also need to * visualize* the

Magic triangles helps kids develop * critical thinking skills* by considering multiple possibilities and evaluating their validity. They learn to question assumptions, analyze information, and make informed decisions about which numbers to place in the blank spaces.

The moral of the story is by solving magic triangles kids' minds are engaged in a playful yet challenging way! These are cognitive skills that are applicable across various subjects and real-life situations

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**More Math Fun**

Have you used **triangular numbers**

with your students?

*Adding two and three-digit* numbers with these cool Circle Addition Puzzles!

If you haven't tried these with your students yet, now's the time! Great for building mental math addition skills.