Winter Math Challenges and Brainteasers


Use these New Year’s and winter math problems to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving FUN during the new year.

Now includes printable + Google Slides Versions.

These January math challenges & brainteasers have engaging New Year’s and winter holiday themes students love, and are a perfect way to extend and enrich your advanced second and third grade mathematicians’ learning!

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The Winter Math Challenge and Brainteaser Pack includes 26 NO PREP printable + virtual math activities you can use for second and third grade math centers, homework worksheets, fast finishers, number talks, New Year’s activities, Zoom meetings, math enrichment contracts, small groups, or whole class problem solving.

January themes include: New Year’s, penguins, sledding, football, Martin Luther King, yeti, polar bears, and snow

Included in this pack:

13 Math Challenges

  • Penguin Feast (Guess and check, organizing data, adding one and 2-digit numbers to 100)
  • 2015 NFL Stats (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers)
  • Record Snowfall (Place value with 4-digits, adding multiple 1-digit numbers)
  • Snow Totals (Patterns, adding and subtracting with one-half from whole numbers)
  • Hot Cocoa Combos (Combinations, organizing data)
  • Highest Scoring Super Bowl (Guess and check, adding & subtracting 2-digit numbers)
  • Super Bowl Blowout (Guess and check, adding & subtracting 2-digit numbers)
  • Snowball Switch #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple 1-digit numbers)
  • Snowball Switch #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers)
  • Sledding #1 (Multiplying 2-digit numbers, easier)
  • Sledding #2 (Multiplying 3 and 1-digit numbers, converting miles to feet, more difficult)
  • New Year’s Party Plans (Elapsed time, logical thinking)
  • Marching on Washington (Multiplying large numbers, multiplying with decimals, very difficult!)

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

13 Brainteasers

  • Polar Bear Picnic (Logical thinking, guess and check)
  • Yeti Yard Sale (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting money up to $10.00)
  • New Year’s Equations (Mixed operations, writing equations totaling 1-100)
  • Snow Days (Logical thinking, calendar math) 2 versions included (fill-in-calendar/create-a-calendar)
  • Snowball Sums #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 2-digit numbers less than 20, easier)
  • Snowball Sums #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1 and 2-digit numbers, more difficult)
  • Super Bowl Balancing #1 (Addition and subtraction to 20, balancing equations, easier)
  • Super Bowl Balancing #2 (Addition and subtraction to 100, balancing equations, difficult)
  • SNOW Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • JAN 1st Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • WINTER Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
  • FROZEN Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
  • SNOWFLAKE 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

“I had originally intended this to be a resource for my more advanced math students. However, others caught onto the “secret,” and now this has become the go-to activity for early morning arrivals. I love it when my students love a challenge!” -Angela L.

“Great for my gifted kids who always want more!” -Mary B.

“Great use of problem solving and extra activities for those kiddos who enjoy a challenge.
High interest with winter theme.” -Sara B.

“Great resource to get the kids WRITING about the strategies they used to solve!” -Mom2Boys

“Consistently some of my favorite products!!!” -Caitlin C.

“These are great enrichment opportunities.” -Michelle L.

Download Details

Type of File: Secured PDF digital download
Total Pages: 75 pages
Answer Keys: Included for every problem

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