Five resources for puzzling and wondering through maths in Years 7-8

You can use these five books to help your teen embrace the playfulness of maths. Packed with quizzes, puzzles and even colouring in, these books will help enhance your teen’s problem-solving skills as they play, puzzle and get creative with mathematical ideas.

7-8

02 March 2021

 
 
 

Things To Make And Do In The Fourth Dimension

Written by Matt Parker

This interactive book helps us see that maths is so much more than we sometimes give it credit for. When your teen learns that maths can help them cut pizza in a new and fairer way or make a working computer out of dominoes, they’ll realise maths isn’t only exceptionally useful - it’s also incredibly fun!

 
 
 

Visions Of Numberland: A Colouring Journey Through The Mysteries Of Maths

Written by Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss

Use this colouring-in book as a way to talk with your teen about some fascinating mathematical ideas. From geometry to networks, this book gives them the chance to puzzle over patterns as they colour in!

 
 
 

Can You Solve My Problems? - A Casebook Of Ingenious, Perplexing And Totally Satisfying Puzzles

Written by Alex Bellos

If your child fancies themselves a puzzle master, this book is a worthy challenge! It contains brain-teasers and some amazing background information on the history of puzzles. Your teen might be inspired to learn that many of our ground-breaking historical mathematical figures were also keen puzzlers who loved playing with maths.

 
 
 

The Number Games

Written by Adam Spencer

This book is filled with compelling maths questions and curiosities for teens, such as, “How much does it cost to stop a computer virus?” and, “Will you become a billionaire by age 31?” It is also packed with brain-teasing puzzles and number-based trivia bound to set off many light-bulbs in your teen’s mind.

 
 
 

This Is Not A Maths Book: A Smart Art Activity Book

Written by Anna Weltman

It might surprise you and your child that art and maths have a lot in common. This hands-on art activity book will guide your teen through how to make patterns including fractals and even celtic knots. By putting it into practice, they’ll see just how interconnected design and maths really are.