Logical Reasoning Puzzles for Children

unleash-creativity

Author: Adekola Taylor
November, 2013

In school, pupils are taught how to do addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and how to apply rules and formulas to solve problems but the creativity and intelligences that brought about all these mathematical operations are often neglected.

For instance, logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to reason, calculate, recognize patterns and handle logical thinking. It is usually found in researchers, scientists, computer programmers, engineers, mathematicians, doctors, police investigators, accountants, economists, lawyers and animal trackers. Famous examples well-known for logical-mathematical intelligence include: Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Marian Diamond, and Bill Gates.

It is crystal clear that the infusion of a wide range of subjects and exercises that could activate and enhance these creative abilities and intelligences during childhood development would go a long way in making our children outstanding inventors in the future. Their creative minds would be activated early enough to drive innovations and inventions through logical thinking and critical reasoning. Without mincing words, the exercises and puzzles presented here would without measure improve children's creative abilities and intelligences.

In other words, children's abilities in handling logical thinking and critical reasoning, their abilities to relate cause and effect within a system and their capacities to recognize patterns and order in occurrences would be improved tremendously. Finally, it is worth noting that some of the exercises in Mathsthoughtbook are designed to engage children in rigorous exercises that demand full concentration and attention, and long focussing ability to improve important analytical and problem-solving skills among them.

An Example of Logical-Event Reasoning for Children

The old witch and the young witch, each with her child, were to cross to the other side of a river with the only available canoe.The canoe could only accommodate only two people.The old witch could not leave her child with the young witch because the young witch would kill her child. In the same vein, the young witch could not leave her own child with the old witch because the old witch would kill her. More importantly, the two children were too young to paddle a canoe. In such a situation, logically explain how they would cross to the other side of the river using the only available canoe.

Dimurelo Puzzle: A Logical-Mathematical Intelligence Puzzle for Children, 8-12 years

Objectives

  • To improve concrete reasoning, linear reasoning, and abstract reasoning among children.
  • To improve children's abilities to effectively handle logical thinking and comparison.
  • To improve children's abilities in relating cause and effect within a system or occurrences.

Dimurelo Puzzle: Level One

(1) Logically fill in the missing numbers in the Dimurelo puzzle below

d3 d4 d5 d6
9182 232119 61218 71421
114 1513 24511 310
13226 1197 1723 24613
15248 31 1022 2029
17110 242220 15 16235
19312 181614 2128 12191
21514 12108 14201 81522
23716 642 71319 41118

(2) Logically fill in the missing numbers in the Dimurelo puzzle below

>
d9 d10 d11 d12
246 2513 18623 81624
1012 7126 1015 1917
141618 2014 2207 25210
202224 22721 2512 18263
2628 159 422 111927
16 282216 92714 41220
7911 10429 16 28613
1315 2311 241129 21296
2123 624 1621 142230
252729 18126 2613 71523

(3) Logically fill in the missing numbers in the Dimurelo puzzle below

d8 d9
1686 141017
719 117161
101113315 8396
1417*** ***
d10 d11
81114 123417
3710916 6781310
613 111291415
117*** 165***

(4) Logically fill in the missing numbers in the Dimurelo puzzle below

d5 d11 d17 d23
712 712 712 712
311 911 811 11
56 53 59 5
48 410 46 4
910 86 103
2* 2* 2* 2*
1* 1* 1* 1*

Dimurelo Puzzle: Level Two

(5) Logically fill in the missing numbers in the Dimurelo puzzle below

d0 d12
12345 135
78910 672530
1112131415 1112131015
1617181920 261718194
2122232425 2120232432
2627282930 29149827
313233** 3133**
d24 d36
12035 135
67263227 6714
1112133015 11121315
29171819 171819
2142324 212324
8102514 303226
31933** 3133**

(6) Logically fill in the missing numbers in the Dimurelo puzzle below

d0 d3 d6 d9
1234 123 12310 123
5678 5610 5611 56
91011* 9118* 98* 947*

References

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  2. Taylor, Adekola A. (2015). Quadratic distribution patterns in Kola analysis. Mathematical Theory and Modeling 5: 60-66.

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  4. Taylor, Adekola A. (2014). Logical-mathematical intelligence for teens. Mathsthoughtbook.com

  5. Taylor, Adekola A. (2013). Regenerative mathematics and dimurelo puzzles for children 8-12yrs. USA: Lulu Press Inc.

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  7. Taylor, Adekola A. (2010). Kola Analysis: An inventive approach to logical-mathematical intelligence for secondary and advanced levels. Journal of Mathematical Sciences Education 1(1): 44-53.

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