Screen-shot from one of the puzzles included in the block game.

I wrote this puzzle/game last year with the hope it could be used to help generate some thinking about area, multiplication, and addition.

Here are some questions you could use with the game.

*Try solving the problems, if possible, in a variety of different ways. Which ways give you the most points? How much is each piece worth? What is a general strategy you can use to get as many points as possible? How do you know your general strategy is effective?*

**Note:** This game does not currently work in Internet Explorer.

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I’d be happier if the blocks were reversed. I keep expecting 1×3 to be 1 row by 3 columns, since that’s the order used in matrices (and vice versa). Otherwise, I like it.