Area Maze puzzles were originally created by Naoki Inaba, a Japanese puzzle designer. These puzzles consist of two dimensional figures in which the goal is to use what you know about area to solve for the unknown value of the question mark. The puzzles were originally created with only whole numbers, but they can be created to extend to concepts of fractions and decimals. Area Maze puzzles are not always drawn proportionally, so it is not possible to solve through measuring and guessing. These puzzles support strategic and spatial reasoning.
Area Maze puzzles provide practice for the following mathematical concepts:
Connection to the Math Practice Standards
Area Maze puzzles encourage the development of the following mathematical habits of mind: