# Magic Squares

Magic Squares is one of the cool number puzzles, logic games and fun brain games for kids.

Use notebook paper you have on hand or raid the unlined white paper stored in your printer.

This is a great critical thinking and mathematical activity that is fairly challenging.

Both parents and kids can play.﻿

#### Pre-Fun

2 or more players
Ages: 8 and up
Need pencils and paper

## Go!

This has become extremely popular in the past few years. While you can buy books and play, it's pretty fun to invent your own!

All players draw a square, then subdivide it into 9 boxes. There will be 3 boxes across and 3 boxes up and down.

Players must fill in each square with a number between 1 and 9 (using one number only once) so that across, diagonally, and up and down rows add up to 15.

The first player to correctly complete the puzzle wins.

Hint: if players cannot figure the puzzle out, you can tell them that 5 should be in the middle.

## For Older Players

This can be played with 16 squares and using the numbers 1 to 16.

These numbers diagonally, horizontally and vertically need to total 34.

## Variation

You can also play this in teams of 2 or 3. Two or three heads are sometimes better than one!

### Math Teachers

Play this in class with your students. Give them a fun activity to help them learn.

Yes, it's a bit of a challenge, but the kids will feel a sense of accomplishment when they get the numbers to add up correctly.

It's a great play idea for elementary through high school math class students.

Start with the numbers 1 through 9 then work your way up to the squares having to total up to 34.

Enjoy working your brain with fun mathematical activities!