Crypto Mind Benders develop mathematical reasoning and critical thinking skills that are vital to achieving academic and lifelong success. They are great for introducing students to encryption, algebraic thinking, and basic computer programming operations. These activities compel students to break a secret code so they can identify a hidden joke. To break the code students must apply logic and mathematical reasoning to 3 sets of clues. The challenge is getting all the information out of each clue! Perfect for school, home, and travel, they are popular as brain jump-start, extra credit, sponge, or reward activities. The exercises are also great for adult cognitive maintenance.