A friend of mine is putting together an amazing class on using mathematics as meditation.

One of the tools she’ll be using is the 8 Digit Puzzle.

### The 8 Digit Puzzle

To play, download or draw out the puzzle board on a piece of paper.

Then cut out the numbers 1-8 from slips of paper. Make sure your numbers will fit in your puzzle board’s boxes.

You can download the 8 Digit Puzzle Board & Numbers here (it also has some fun questions to ponder).

The board looks like this:

Place the numbers in the puzzle so that no two consecutive numbers are next to each other horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

For example, if you place the 7 as it is in the picture here, the other colored spots are the ones available for 6 and 8. The white spots are “off limits” for the consecutive numbers of 7.

### Play it alone or with your kids.

The best part about this (and my friend’s class) is that you get to think about *how* you’re doing the puzzle. How do *you* process the rules and arrive at a solution?

And then you can share your methods with others!

This lets you (and them) discover new and curious ways of doing things – creating new neural pathways for more learning!

### Ask questions!

If you get frustrated, don’t go right to googling the solution (spoiler solution is here). First ask yourself these questions:

- For each number, ask, “How many consecutive numbers does this have?” For example, 5 has two consecutive numbers – 4 and 6.
- For each box in the puzzle area, ask, “If a number is here, where can its consecutive numbers go?”

And there’s also these questions to ask as you work through:

- Is there really a solution to this?
- If there is a solution, is there any other solution?
- Are there many solutions? How many?

### Get freaky!

The 8 Digit Puzzle works great. But could there be a 6 digit puzzle with the same rules? Or a 7, 5 or 15 digit puzzle?

Can you create it?

Download the 8 Digit Puzzle Board & Numbers now and have fun. Don’t forget to share via Twitter & Facebook. And let me know how it goes in the comments!

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