Today I gave Katie the following puzzle that I got from this Martin Gardner book.
The symbols in the picture below may look like hieroglyphics, but there is meaning to them. Continue the sequence.
Katie first started redrawing all of the symbols for herself. To make this task easier for her, as well as to give her a hint, I told her to draw each half separately. I thought that this would immediately give it away, but she continued to quietly draw the symbols until she got to the 6’s.
Katie: These look like cherries!
Me: Yeah, they sort of do. What else do they look like?
Me: Great. What about the other ones?
She looked at them for quite a while, until she finally pointed to the last one and proclaimed that it looked like 7’s. She then looked some more and figured out the 3’s. Only after that did she figure out the whole pattern. Then she drew in the 8’s.
I really enjoyed watching her work on this puzzle and I think that she likewise enjoyed doing it. I actually also had fun figuring it out for myself before giving it to her. While perhaps not the deepest of Martin Gardner’s puzzles, I think that it is a cute one that can provide amusement for all ages.