Since we are new to the area and
don't really know many people yet, I decided to organize a scavenger
/ logic puzzle hunt at the mall in order to meet some more
homeschoolers. We had a great turnout with 15 kids showing up!
Awesome! Great way to meet new people!
The kids were divided into teams and
each team was given a stack of numbered envelopes and a picture an
unusual item found in the mall that they were to find and off they
went. Once they found the pictured item, they texted me where
they found it and then I texted them back the number of an envelope
that they were to open and solve the logic problem inside.
Once they solved the logic problem, they texted me the answer and I
texted back a picture of the next mystery item to find in the mall
which led to the next logic puzzle and so on and so forth.
Here is a sample of some of the
things they had to find....a feathered phone, teeny tiny flip-flops,
the banana gumball machine, a turtle with seashells on shell, etc.
A sample of one of the puzzles they
had to solve was....Jimmy's mother had 4 children. She named
the first Monday. She named the second Tuesday, She
named the third Wednesday. What is the name of the fourth
Naturally, they first thought the 4th
child's name was Thursday and texted that to me but I texted them to
try again. Finally they came up with the correct answer which
was Jimmy. I got most of my logic puzzles from
Sometimes the answer to a puzzle had
to be shown to me via texting a picture. This one is of one
team coming down the escalator in a certain order that they had to
figure out by clues .
Take a picture of
everyone in the right order riding down the escalator. Text it to
me for the next clue.
The person who
likes to bake and play tennis is in the middle.
The person who
had a really bad dog bite and stitches is behind the one wearing
The person whose
favorite animal is a wolf and wants to run an animal rescue
center is two people in front of the person in the middle.
The person who
gets to wear a police uniform and handcuffs is next to last in
The person who
can sing in Italian is behind Emily.
Here is one of the teams with the
elusive banana gumball machine located at the far end of the mall.
Here is one team with Ringo Starr's
Once they all found all the items and
solved all the puzzles, they opened the last envelope and found some
cut out numbers and letters which made no sense but when all the
teams returned to the food court and discussed their hunts they
realized that they all had numbers and letters and figured out that
they could put all the letters together and spell out World Gym and
a three digit number.
They noticed that there was a World Gym
kiosk near our table and went over to ask the World Gym people if
they knew why they had a clue that spelled out World Gym.
Unbeknownst to the kids, I had earlier given a padlocked bag to the
World Gym people to hide in their cart and to give to the kids when
they come over looking for a clue.
The World Gym people gave them the
locked bag and then the kids quickly figured out that they must have
to use the numbers they were given to unlock the lock. They
wrote out all the combinations on a piece of paper and started
trying them out.
Once inside, they found they had a
choice of a Jamba Juice coupon or a Cold Stone ice cream coupon
to take as their prize.
Online Logic Puzzle Games:
Farmer, Wolf, Sheep, and Cabbage Game
Leap Frog Logic Game
The object is to make the green frogs
and brown frogs switch places. Click on each frog to make it
move forward or jump over another frog. It's challenging but don't
give up until you get it! It can be done. If you need to
start over, click on the red arrow. Click
The Frustrated Farmer ...
Shockwave plug-in required
Help a farmer with a fox, a chicken and a bag of corn cross a river in a
boat without anything being eaten.
Cannibals and Missionaries...
Flash player required
Help missionaries and cannibals cross a river. The rowboat holds a maximum
of two persons at a time. Beware: If the cannibals outnumber the
missionaries on either bank, the missionaries will be eaten up.
How to play: Click on a person to put him on/off the boat. Click the
GO button at the top of the screen to move the boat.
People Crossing ...
instructions in Chinese
Help all the people cross a river. The raft holds a maximum of two persons
at a time and only the adults (i.e., father, mother and police) know how to
operate it. Beware: (1) The father cannot stay with any of the
daughters without their mother's presence. (2) The mother cannot stay with
any of the sons without their father's presence. (3) The thief cannot stay
with any family member if the police is not on the same side of the river.
(I don't understand why but the parents hit the kids on the head when left
alone with kids of the opposite gender. This may not be appropriate
for some families or some kids but was an interesting puzzle to figure out.)
How to play: Click on the big blue circle to begin. Click on a person
to put him on/off the raft. Click the handle bar on the river bank to move
Logic puzzle pages:
Math is Fun
Internet 4 Classrooms - list of brain teaser sites
Teasers & Puzzlers
- list of challenges in right column
Kids who Think
Logic Printable Puzzles: