Magic Squares Maths Homework For Kids

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Magic squares are an amazing mathematical marvel. The numbers in each row, each column, and even each diagonal add up to the same number - the "magic" number. Have a look at the picture of the magic square above which uses all the numbers from 1 to 9. Notice how the numbers in each row, column and diagonal add up to the number 15. 

Magic squares were discovered in China thousands of years ago. In some cultures they were thought to have a magical meaning, and they were sometimes used as symbols in important works of art. 

Click on the link above right for a PDF showing another magic square - this time four rows by four columns. 

Click here to find a printable magic square worksheets from Puzzles to Print. You can choose the beginner, intermediate or advanced level of worksheet to suit your child. 

Find out more about magic squares from Dr. Mike's math games for kids.

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Magic Square Worksheets

Welcome to our Magic Square Worksheets page.

Here you will find our range of Magic Square sheets from 1st grade to 4th grade.

These sheets involve finding a range of missing numbers to create different magic squares.

They are great for developing addition and subtraction skills, as well as strategies for solving puzzles.

Math Puzzles

Using puzzles is a great way to learn Math facts and develop mental calculation and thinking skills in a fun and easy way.

Most children are much more engaged and motivated solving puzzles than working out pages of traditional math facts.

Using these math puzzles below will help your child to develop their Math fact skills as well as their strategic thinking and reasoning.

There are different versions of each puzzle from 1st to 5th grade, so it is easy to find an easier or harder version of the same puzzle.

Each puzzle comes complete with answers.

Magic Square Worksheets

Our Magic Square sheets have been develop around the theme of magic squares.

What is a Magic Square?

In a Magic Square, every row, column and diagonal all add up to make the same total.

In a traditional 3 by 3 magic square, the digits 1 to 9 are used to make totals of 15.

Our sheets have been split up by grade, so that you can easily select the right level of difficulty for your child.

Within each section, the sheets get progressively harder.

Adding halves, decimals and negative numbers are covered from 3rd grade and 4th grade.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • use your addition and subtraction skills to solve puzzles;
  • develop problem solving skills and reasoning.

All the puzzles come with an answer sheet.

Beginner level

1st Grade Magic Square Worksheets

2nd Grade Magic Square Worksheets

Intermediate level

3rd Grade Magic Square Worksheets

Advanced level

4th Grade Magic Square Worksheets

Find the Magic Square Puzzle

This puzzle is a more open ended puzzle where the aim is to create your own magic squares using digits 1 to 9.

It is a good activity to use for practicing adding, and also to develop perseverance.

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Number Fill in Puzzles

It's great when kids have fun and are learning math skills without really thinking about it. These number fill in puzzles are a great way to develop thinking skills and getting kids to check all the possibilities.

Place Value Puzzles

The following riddles involve using a series of clues to find the correct answer from a selection of 6 or 8 different numbers.

The riddles cover place value up to 10,000 as well as square numbers, palindromes, odd and even numbers and decimals.

Number Search Puzzles

Number Search Puzzles are a great way to get children looking for numbers and developing number recognition skills.

They are also a good resource for developing short term number memory skills, and can be a good way to take the fear out of large numbers.

We have a range of different number search puzzles - from easier puzzles to trickier ones to work out.

With the easier puzzles, the numbers only go horizontally (left to right) or vertically downwards.

The numbers get progressively larger on the trickier puzzles, and the grids get larger.

Rounding Challenges to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

Here is our rounding challenges collection which will give your child an opportunity to apply their rounding learning.

The challenges can be tackled individually or with a partner.

Each challenge involves using rounding knowledge and properties of numbers to work out the correct answer.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • apply their knowledge of rounding to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000;
  • develop their problem solving skills;
  • develop their understanding about place value and properties of numbers.

All the rounding challenges support elementary math benchmarks.

Fraction Riddles

Riddles are a great way to get children to apply their knowledge of fractions.

These riddles are a good way to start off a maths lesson, or also to use as a way of checking your child's understanding about fractions.

All the riddles consist of 3 or 4 clues and a selection of 6 or 8 possible answers. Children have to read the clues and work out which is the correct answer.

The puzzles can also be used as a template for the children to write their own clues for a partner to guess.

The Math Salamanders hope you enjoy using these free printable Math worksheets and all our other Math games and resources.

We welcome any comments about our site or worksheets on the Facebook comments box at the bottom of every page.

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