Math = Love: Ducks and Snakes Puzzle from Puzzle Box, Volume 3

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ducks and Snakes Puzzle from Puzzle Box, Volume 3

Yesterday marked the first Monday of the second semester. This meant it was time to put out a new puzzle on the puzzle table. I have a table in my classroom where I set out a different puzzle each week for students to work on between classes and when they finish their work early.

Over Christmas Break, I typed up puzzle featuring ducks and snakes from Puzzle Box, Volume 3 (affiliate link) that caught my eye.

The goal of the puzzle is to arrange the duck pieces and the snake pieces to make two congruent shapes. My initial thought was "How hard could this puzzle be? There are only six pieces total, and I only have to put three pieces together at a time." Well, let me tell you: this puzzle is tricky!

I decided that this would be the perfect puzzle to kick off our new semester.

It was so fun to glance up from my desk today and see students huddled around the puzzle table trying their hands at this puzzle. I don't do anything to advertise the puzzle to students. Yet, students still seek out the challenge on a weekly basis. It's a beautiful thing to watch! 

The file for this puzzle can be downloaded here. I want to say a special thanks to the Grabarchuk Family for sending me a free copy of Puzzle Box, Volume 3 so I can share my love of puzzles with my students.


  1. I love the idea of a puzzle table, it's something I definitely want to incorporate into my classroom this year. My only concern is that students may be distracted by the puzzles when I want them to be focused on something else. Have you found this at all?

  2. Several of my students have been very determined to figure this one out, but they have not had any luck!!