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About Baffle!

The BAFFLE! game concept was developed by Diane Hill, M.Ed., while she was teaching elementary math students. The game helped them learn strategy and logical thinking skills. Over 25 years later, after retiring as a teacher, she expanded the game for the public.

Bob Drake, Ed.D., a professor in the Mathematics Education Department of the University of Cincinnati, is also a consultant with the Cincinnati Public Schools.

As a specialist in how children learn math skills, he confirms that BAFFLE! is useful in teaching the foundational math concepts in an entertaining way.

As an avid BAFFLE! player, he also notes it’s challenging enough for the most advanced players.

Classification skills are one of the pre-number concepts young children must develop if they have any hope of successfully learning mathematics. BAFFLE! provides an engaging tool for young children to begin developing those concepts. It is not, however, such a simple activity that only pre-school children will enjoy it. It's an activity that will please students of any age, while helping to develop important foundational skills for learning mathematics, even for advanced high school students.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has recognized that "spatial reasoning" is an important skill that relates to the development of mathematical understanding, from simple "number" concepts to analytical processes in higher mathematics. From ideas as simple as counting to factoring quadratic equations, spatial reasoning is a foundational building block.

BAFFLE! provides an entertaining activity for developing spatial reasoning, and does so in a critical thinking, problem-solving context. The game requires advanced planning in a manner similar to the game of chess, but is much simpler to learn. It's so simple, in fact, that even primary grade children can learn. That does not mean that it's simple to master! The game requires strategy, reasoning, and organizational skills if the puzzle is to be solved. And solving it once is not the end. There are many potential solutions, and the player is challenged to identify those additional solutions after finding the first.

BAFFLE! is compatible with PC and Mac.
 

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