Paper Puzzle

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In this math activity, challenge learners to make two equal rows from eight different paper strips. Learners can explore the many ways they can solve this problem. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, 2002

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0229796
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • PBS