One Minute Mysteries is a series of books that contains short stories or mysteries that can be solved using math or science. We received 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math for free in exchange for a review. As always the reviews are our own honest opinions.
The book is written by Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder.
The 65 mysteries are divided into several sections: Math at Home, Math Outside, Math at Play, Math Every Day, and Five More Minutes of Mysterious Math.
The stories in this book were written so that kids can see why they need to learn math. Some of the mysteries include figuring out how many of a certain measuring cup to use when you don’t have the right one, figuring out the heights of players on the opposing basketball team, figuring out which tank has the most space for your iguana, and figuring out how much juice to give out so that everyone has an equal amount.
Some of the mysteries in the book read more like logic puzzles which I really enjoyed. I did find some more interesting than others but overall I think the authors did a good job of putting together a variety of stories.
The recommended age is 10-14 and I would say that is probably accurate. Connor is 9 and I was able to find some mysteries that I thought he would understand but there were others that were much more advanced. I think the mysteries in the book do provide a nice challenge. I believe that the book could be used in several ways. Since these are one minute mysteries you could work on one a day as a warm-up or to go over a certain concept. There is an index in the back so you could search for the math concept that is being worked on. I also like the fact that there is a glossary at the back of the book.
This book is a unique math book and will work great as a supplement or just for fun for those that enjoy working on math or logic puzzles.