The March 2012 edition of Highlights magazine for kids fell in my lap this morning. Thumbing through it, I found a fun little algebra puzzle.

After looking at the equations and discovering my solution, I began to wonder some things. Then I realized that these ponderances of mine were good for kids to consider as well.

### Let the curiosity flow!

Here are the extra questions you can offer your children in case they’re curious:

- Did you use all four equations to decide your answer?
- Could you have used three, two or only one of the equations to decide your answer?
- Try to use only one equation to decide an answer. Did you discover anything?
- Try to use only two equations. What did you discover now?
- How about three – what happens when you choose three equations?
- Can you make a puzzle like this of your own?

### How about you?

As a grown up, what do you discover about math in this Highlights puzzle? What do you see your children doing with these extra questions?

Share in the comments – and don’t forget to tweet this out!

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