KenKen puzzles are a great way for children to gain practice with single digit operations while 3×3 addition and subtraction 3×3 multiplication and division. How to Play Kenken. KenKen is a Japanese paper puzzle by Tetsuya Miyamoto that resembles Sudoku. Some papers even offer 3×3 grids for beginners too. Introduce KenKen(R) puzzles as a classroom cooperative puzzle. . We need 3 x 3, but we also need another number that won’t “spoil” the product: 3 x 3 x 1.

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Best shown in an example, imagine a row 6-box row. Each row in a 3 x 3 grid must also have the numbers 1, 2, and 3 in it. A Anonymous Sep 16, Knken in each horizontal row with the numberswithout repeating any of them. Start with a 4×4 puzzle, like the one shown here. Finding the easiest places to start is part of what makes this a puzzle. After children really “know how,” let them play on their own.

What three numbers can we multiply to make 9? Now, try and try a sample puzzle! If you’re a beginner, start with 4×4 boards to get used to the system and strategy. So the top-left square, 3x is in the same row, can only have the 2 in it. Together, they cited information kdnken 8 referenceswhich can be found at the bottom of the page.


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Remember, you have to pay attention to three separate rules when inputting numbers, menken this is to your advantage. Click here to share your story. Every square in this grid will contain one of the numbers 1, 2, or 3.

The target number is the number that goes in the square. A slash symbol is used for a division sign because there is no key on a keyboard to replicate it. If you have a four square by four square grid, every single horizontal row must have a 1, 2, 3, and a 4 in it. The rules take some getting used to, but once you have the basics down you can tackle Ken Kens of any size. Introduce the idea of solving the puzzle with another person, in a kind of turn-taking way.

In a 4 x 4 grid, use numbers 1 to 4.

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Skip to main content. You might choose to give the same puzzle to ken,en pair, or have a few different ones. Puzzles are fun, but are extremely valuable ingredients in the “main diet,” not just the dessert.


Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Main Menu Think Math! Narrowed it down to a couple of numbers but still not totally sure? To delete a number kenkwn note, press C.

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When students give the numbers point out that we don’t know which order to write the numbers. A wikiHow Staff Editor reviewed this article to make sure it’s helpful and accurate. Write small notes in the upper right corner of the box, allowing you to see which numbers could be in each place, and which numbers have to be there. If your grid is a six by six, you would have the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, without any repeating. Which means the 1 will go in the square below it.