Cubic Triangle Views Puzzle

A 3-D shape consists of six color cubes (two blue, two red and two yellow ones) and the cubes touch each other only with their edges and corners but not sides. There are 12 possible 2D views of the shape – diagrams A-L. Which of the views are correct and which are not?

Cubic Triangle Views Puzzle
Cubic Triangle Views Puzzle

This type of puzzle is essential for training cognitive abilities by imagining 3-D objects and manipulating them in your mind.  Try this out yourself, and then do the puzzle with your child!  Great brainteaser to supplement your gifted and talented test preparation (CogAT, Inview, SCAT, etc.) at home.

Brain Boosting Resources

The Smarty Buddy App was designed based on the types of questions a child might encounter on the CogAT, Inview, SCAT,  and similar gifted placement tests.  Smarty Buddy App The full version game features 3 grade levels, 5 test topics, and 3 levels of difficulty. With over 670 questions to play, this fun game can complement or replace any worksheet test preparation. Now on all App Stores!

Test Topics: Number Sequences, Picture Sequences, Picture Analogies, Quantitative and Number Puzzles

Features: Positive reinforcement through game badges; progress reports for parents.

The Smarty Buddy  workbooks were designed to give any child the opportunity to get familiar with gifted and talented test format. For a hands on approach of testing at home with mom and dad – try practicing with our workbooks and apps. Your child will feel more confident on test day, and you will feel assured that you provided the best educational resource for your child to get ahead!

Elementary school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 1 
  2. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 2
  3. Smarty Buddy CoGAT Practice
  4. Smarty Buddy SCAT  Practice
  5. Smarty Buddy Gifted and Talented Test  Practice
  6. Smarty Buddy App on Ios, Kindle, Android
  7. Smarty Buddy Multiplication App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  8. Smarty Buddy Division App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  9. Smarty Buddy Grade 1 Math App on IOS, Kindle, Android

Pre-school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy My First Analogies

Football Themed Multiplication Puzzle!

Check out this football themed multiplication puzzle!  Practice multiplication skills, put together the puzzle, Glue it together and color! Voila!

Also try out the Smarty Buddy Multiplication App on Ios, Android and Kindle!

  1. Smarty Buddy Grade 1 Math App on IOS, Kindle, Android

    Smarty Buddy Grade 1 App
    Smarty Buddy Grade 1 App
  2. Smarty Buddy Multiplication App on IOS, Kindle, Android

    Smarty Buddy Multiplication App
    Smarty Buddy Multiplication App
Super Bowl Multiplication Puzzle
Super Bowl Multiplication Puzzle

Happy Ground Hog Day!?

Happy Ground Hog Day
Happy Ground Hog Day

 

How Accurate Are Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day Forecasts? … As we all know, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Feb. 2, we are in for six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow indicates an early spring.

Of course if you think about it, um, does this forecast apply to Pennsylvania, Hawaii and Alaska alike?  Even if we only trust this “forecast” in the Northeast U.S. how accurate is it?

Well, as of 2018, Punxsutawney Phil has made 131 predictions, with an early spring (no shadow) predicted 18 times (13.85%). According to Stormfax, as of 2018  the predictions have proven correct 39% of the time.

In comparison, flipping a coin will give you 50% correct answer.

And if you use the persistence forecasts where you “predict” the future weather will be the same as the current weather. you’ll be correct more than half of the time!

So Happy Ground Hog Day – but still read the weather reports!

Valentine’s Day Fun Math Puzzle and Riddles

February is here! Valentine’s Day crafts and worksheets are a fun way to fill family time (instead of watching TV!)

Printable Puzzle

For younger kids, print out this puzzle.  Get your scissors and glue sticks out!

  1. Let your child practice cutting the puzzle.  Don’t worry if cutting is not done neatly.  We are practicing fine motor skills and learning to cut!
  2. Shuffle the cut up pieces!
  3. Glue the individual pieces on another sheet of paper.
  4. The end product will probably be not as neat as the original puzzle.  But the point is for your child to practice his or her skills individually without your help!
Valentine's Day Penguins Puzzle
Valentine’s Day Penguins Puzzle

Math Riddle

For Older kids, try out this math riddle!  Seasonal math worksheets are a favorite among kids.  They feel excited about the upcoming Valentine’s parties at school, but still practicing math!

Valentine's Day Riddle from Smarty Buddy
Valentine’s Day Riddle from Smarty Buddy
Valentine's Day Jokes - Smarty Buddy
Valentine’s Day Jokes – Smarty Buddy

Supplement school curriculum with in-home worksheets and puzzles! – Ok, the U.S. early education system needs your help.  Don’t wade through the system.  Be your child’s advocate.  If junior is struggling with multiplication – work on multiplication worksheets, games, apps.  If analogies are hard – work on analogies with your child.  All the time you put into your child’s education is a great reward in itself! Your child’s success is even a greater reward!

Check out the resources that the Smarty Buddy Team has put together:

Elementary school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 1 
  2. Smarty Buddy Inview Practice – Level 2
  3. Smarty Buddy CoGAT Practice
  4. Smarty Buddy SCAT  Practice
  5. Smarty Buddy Gifted and Talented Test  Practice
  6. Smarty Buddy App on Ios, Kindle, Android
  7. Smarty Buddy Multiplication App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  8. Smarty Buddy Division App on IOS, Kindle, Android
  9. Smarty Buddy Grade 1 Math App on IOS, Kindle, Android

Pre-school aged kids:

  1. Smarty Buddy My First Analogies

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Visual Puzzle

Did we mention that we love puzzles?!  Today’s visual puzzle is “Unfolding a Cube”:

Imagine that the cube is made out of paper or cardboard. Look at the cube and the designs on each side.  Now imagine what the unfolded cube would look like:

Smarty Buddy Unfolding a Cube Puzzle
Smarty Buddy Unfolding a Cube Puzzle

Visual puzzles like this are excellent brain teasers for kids and adults alike , because they force us to think conceptually, not in a way we usually think in everyday life.

These types of visual puzzles are perfect IQ test questions!

They are not taught in school! So practice to get a head start!

Oh, the answer is….  well comment, Tweet or Pin  once you get it!

 

Missing Part Puzzle

Missing Part Puzzles are a great way to train your brain to conceptually move a piece of puzzle into place.  Practice with your child and see how fast junior can solve this puzzle!

Smarty Buddy MIssing Part Puzzle
Smarty Buddy Missing Part Puzzle

 

Love Puzzles? Check out Smarty Buddy App!

The Smarty Buddy App was designed based on the types of questions a child might encounter on the CogAT and similar gifted placement tests.

Smarty Buddy App
Smarty Buddy App

The full version game features 3 grade levels, 5 test topics, and 3 levels of difficulty. With over 670 questions to play, this fun game can complement or replace any worksheet test preparation. Now on all App Stores!

Test Topics: Number Sequences, Picture Sequences, Picture Analogies, Quantitative and Number Puzzles

Features: Positive reinforcement through game badges; progress reports for parents.

The Smarty Buddy CogAT Practice Book is a workbook designed to give any child the opportunity to get familiar with CogAT question format.  For a hands on approach of testing at home with mom and dad – try practicing with our workbooks and apps.  Your child will feel more confident on test day, and you will feel assured that you provided the best educational resource  for your child to get ahead!

What’s the CogAT Test?

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a group-administered K–12 assessment intended to estimate students’ learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items. The test purports to assess students’ acquired reasoning abilities while also predicting achievement scores when administered with the co-normed Iowa Tests. The author of the test is David F. Lohman, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa. *

The CogAT is one of several tests used in the United States to help school systems make student placement decisions for gifted education programs.*

The most recent (seventh) edition of the CogAT was designed to be appropriate for non-native English speakers, and independent reviews indicate that the test’s creators have been mostly successful in this. *

The Batteries or Test sections are as follows:

Battery Subtests
Verbal Picture/Verbal Analogies
Sentence Completion
Picture/Verbal Classification
Quantitative Number Analogies
Number Series
Number Puzzles
Nonverbal Figure Matrices
Figure Classification
Paper Folding

 

Here’s a nice summary of the types of questions a child in elementary school might encounter on test day:  (CogAT Test Levels 5 – 8)

COGAT Test Types of Questions

The Smarty Buddy App was designed based on the types of questions a child might encounter on the CogAT and similar gifted placement tests.

Smarty Buddy App
Smarty Buddy App

The full version game features 3 grade levels, 5 test topics, and 3 levels of difficulty. With over 670 questions to play, this fun game can complement or replace any worksheet test preparation. Now on all App Stores!

Test Topics: Number Sequences, Picture Sequences, Picture Analogies, Quantitative and Number Puzzles

Features: Positive reinforcement through game badges; progress reports for parents.

The Smarty Buddy CogAT Practice Book is a workbook designed to give any child the opportunity to get familiar with CogAT question format.  For a hands on approach of testing at home with mom and dad – try practicing with our workbooks and apps.  Your child will feel more confident on test day, and you will feel assured that you provided the best educational resource  for your child to get ahead!

*(Source: Wikipedia)  

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We love visual puzzles!

Can you count the squares in this puzzle?

This type of puzzle will appear in your child’s  standardized tests and geometry tests down the road!   So why not train the brain now, and learn the trick behind this type of puzzle early on?

Try to do the puzzle and then peek at the technique to answer it…

If your mind has turned to mush already, we can help you out. The trick is to find multiple smaller squares in order to make larger ones. Just remember this fundamental rule: All squares have four equal sides.

Keeping that in mind, start by counting the smallest squares in the center and all four corners, since those are the easiest to spot. Then, work your way out to the medium-sized squares that start on each corner, as well as the center one. And don’t forget the biggest square that surrounds them all!

You should count 22  squares by the time you finish!