Animal Themed Math Challenges & Brainteasers


Use these PRINT & GO and virtual animal themed math activities to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students all year long.

These animal themed math problems are perfect for integrating math with life science, to use in an animal themed classroom, or to challenge your advanced students with a love for all things animals.

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The Animal Math Challenge & Brainteaser pack includes 26 NO PREP math printables + virtual math activities you can use for second and third grade math centers, homework worksheets, fast finishers, number talks, seasonal activities, math enrichment contracts, small groups, or whole class problem solving.

Animals facts & themes include: frogs, whales, worms, seahorses, crabs, ostriches, elephants, alligators, snails, chickens, narwhals, penguins, octopuses, safari, zoos, barns, wild animals, forest animals, and ocean animals.

Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3

Included in this pack:

13 Math Challenges

  • Flyfest (Adding 1 and 2-digit numbers within 100, guess and check)
  • Whale Whistles (Place value with 3-digits, adding multiple 1-digit numbers to 20, defining even, guess and check)
  • Bookworm (Place value with 4-digits, adding multiple 1-digit numbers to 20, guess and check)
  • Legs & Tails (Repeated addition/multiplication, guess and check)
  • Ostrich Eggs (Mixed operations, defining a dozen, converting ounces to pounds)
  • Parched Pachyderms (Capacity conversions, repeated addition/multiplication with 2-digit numbers)
  • Going on Safari (Finding all possible combinations, organizing work)
  • Feeding the Animals (Adding and subtracting money to $5.00, guess and check)
  • Alligator Line Up (Defining one mile, converting feet to miles)
  • Scrambled Eggs (Adding multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check)
  • Old MacDonald had Two Barns (Mixed operations with 1 and 2-digit numbers, dividing into equal groups)
  • A Snail’s Pace (Converting days to hours, converting yards to feet, repeated addition/multiplication)
  • Grain Stock Up (Converting ounces to pounds, repeated addition/multiplication)

All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem

13 Brainteasers

  • Name that Narwhal (Logical thinking, guess and check)
  • Animal Enclosures (Logical thinking, polygons, guess and check)
  • Sea Legs (Adding 1 and 2-digit numbers to 50, finding all possible combinations)
  • Barn Stalls (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
  • Zoo Map #1 (Perimeter and area with models given, easier)
  • Zoo Map #2 (Perimeter and area with length and width dimensions, more difficult)
  • Animal Equations #1 (Addition and subtraction within 20, balancing equations)
  • Animal Equations #2 (Addition and subtraction within 100, balancing equations)
  • FARM Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • WILD Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • FOREST Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
  • OCEANS Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
  • CAT & MOUSE Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)

Also includes

  • Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems.
  • Link to an interactive Google Slides version
  • Google Slides FAQ and tutorial videos
  • Answer keys for every problem

Teacher Testimonials

“Loved this!! I used these brainteasers to challenge my high-flyers in math as a warm-up and they truly loved them!” -Third Grade Shenanigans

“Kids were engaged because they love anything having to do with animals. Interesting facts. Good variety of reasoning activities.” -Mary C.

“These challenges are really great for helping my children to solve problems independently.” -Madison B.

“Great for extension activity” -Traci C.

Download Details

Type of File: Secured PDF digital download
Total Pages: 71 pages
Answer Keys: Included for every problem

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