The goal of this visual / geometrical riddle is to determine how many squares can be drawn by tracing lines on the image below. Ask student to try showing all their work on the big one, or use the six mini ones to spread it out.
TRY IT YOURSELF, FIRST!
Answer key included, but don't look until you have had a chance to try it yourself, which will give you a genuine and empathetic student perspective that will show you what they'll be going through when you assign the work!
This is a fun activity to try to get their "minds on" before a lesson on math, area, or geometry.