The **Magic Square Puzzle!** An excellent way for kids to experience the fun of math while building both their math and critical thing skills. The puzzles are believed to have been discovered in China about 4000 years ago.

**Magic Squares Are Cool!**

*How Magic Squares Work...*

- Each row, column, and diagonal adds up to the same number. We call this number the
**Magic Number.** - The
**order**of a magic square is the number of rows or columns within the square. So the magic square above is an order 3.

Do you notice that **all the rows add up to 15**. For example, adding each of the three numbers in the top row, we get, **8 + 1 + 6 = 15**. Likewise, adding the three numbers in the second row, we get,** 3 + 5 + 7 = 15**. And the same happens for the last row.

All three of the **columns add up to 15**. And the two **diagonals also add up to 15****!** Pretty Cool, huh! Here's the first couple of magic square puzzles.

You'll find more on the magic squares worksheets page. And we'll be adding more soon.

Kids enjoy magic squares because they're like a fun puzzle to figure out. Teachers and parents like them because while they are fun for students, they also provide practice in mental arithmetic and operations with numbers. |

We'll be adding more magic squares soon so be sure to check back for more.

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