I’ve been having fun lately playing with puzzle games on my phone as I rock my daughter(s) to sleep. One is called Roll the Ball and another one introduced to me by Daniel Rocha is Flow Free.

I used to read books on kindle but sometimes it’s nice to have a little more stimulation. What I like about both of these games too is they offer a variety of ways to play the game.

Roll the Ball

My favorite mode here is when they will put stars in different parts of the tubes. It’s a fun way to engage my brain in thinking about different patterns and ways to solve things with or without a time or star challenge.

Flow Free

Flow Free is Roll the Ball’s bright, easier-to-play and faster brother. You start with dots throughout the screen and create paths to the other dot of the same color. I love it because it allows you to easily overwrite past paths. Daniel Rocha, whom I’ve only really met on Facebook/Twitter and we have a fair number of mutual friends – posted a great video of his kid playing and the conversations they were able to have about the experience of solving the paths. Hoping he’ll blog about that… my two year old was not interested 🙂

I would love starting off class every so often with these kinds of puzzles to get the students minds thinking, have some fun and of course occasionally remind them that solving a math problem can be very similar – we may take different ways to get to the answer but that doesn’t mean it’s invalid!

AIMS Center Colloquium Series Video on Puzzles as Models:

Puzzles as Models of Thinking from AIMS Center for Math and Science on Vimeo.

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