Our puzzles section has a collection of math fair puzzles. In addition, there are several websites that have good math-based puzzles, some of which are directly useable in a math fair.
The English and French versions of the math fair booklet are available through the PIMS University of Alberta site for approximately CA $10.00. There is also a Spanish version (electronic copy only). Contact either Dana McCallum (email@example.com) or Ted Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following books have been recommended by teachers who have used them as resources for math fair puzzles:
1000 Playthinks, Ivan Moscovich, Workman Publishing, New York, 2001.
The Giant Book of Math Fun, Raymond Blum, Glen Vecchione, Kurt Smith, Steve Ryan, Adam Hart-Davis, Sterling Publishing, 1999.
Below are more sources of problems and puzzles. Martin Gardner, one of our patrons, has written many excellent books on mathematical recreations (which was the name of his column that he conducted for years in Scientific American). We list some of his books below but recommend that you investigate many others. Most public libraries stock a good selection of his books.
Another excellent source of puzzles are the books by Dennis Shasha featuring Dr. Ecco. The majority of his puzzles are original, and are wonderful for high-school students. A recent book of his, listed below, includes puzzles that are accessible to students in the elementary and junior high or middle school grades.
We should also mention that quite a few of the problems in the collections by Brian Bolt are almost "math fair ready". From the point of view of sources of problems for math fairs, the ones listed here are probably his best.
Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles, Martin Gardner, Dover, 1961.
Aha! Insight, Martin Gardner, W.H.Freeman and Company, New York, 1978.
Riddles of the Sphinx and other Mathematical Puzzle Tales, Vol 32 of the New Mathematical Library, Mathematical Association of America, 1988
The Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd, edited by Martin Gardner, Dover, 1959.
More Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd, edited by Martin Gardner, Dover, 1960.
The Puzzler's Elusion, a Tale of Fraud, Pursuit, and the Art of Logic , Dennis Shasha, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006.
536 Puzzles and Curious problems, by Henry Ernest Dudeney, edited by Martin Gardner, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1967.
The Moscow Puzzles---359 Mathematical Recreations, Boris A. Kordemski, edited by Martin Gardner, Dover, New York, 1992.
The Amazing Mathematical Amusement Arcade, Brian Bolt,
Cambridge Univ Press, 1980.
The Mathematical Funfair, Brian Bolt, Cambridge Univ Press, 1985.
Mathematical Cavalcade, Brian Bolt, Cambridge Univ Press, 1988.
A Mathematical Pandora's Box, Brian Bolt, Cambridge Univ Press, 1989
A Mathematical Jamboree, Brian Bolt, Cambridge Univ Press, 1991.
There may be someone in your area who has organized a math fair. Here is a list of people that would welcome an inquiry.
The SNAP foundation and its supporters have sponsored many math fair workshops in the past.
The workshops are intended mainly for teachers, but we welcome educators of all types. In previous workshops, participants have come from elementary schools, junior-high and high schools, from independent organizations, and from universities and colleges, and on some occasions have included expert puzzle and game creators.
Workshop participants learn about and try math-based puzzles and games that can be used in the classroom. Teachers have a chance to see how other teachers have organized math fairs at their schools, how the SNAP math fair fits the curriculum, and what some schools have done for follow-ups.
April 26-28, 2013, BIRS, Banff.
Contact Sean Graves (email@example.com), (Tiina Hohn (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ted Lewis (email@example.com).
See this invitation for more information.
May 3, 2013, 8:3am - 3:30pm, Fields Institute, Toronto.
Contact Tanya Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) (Tel: 705.446.1815)
See this brochure for more information!