# Magic Square Puzzles

If you're looking for a great way to excite and engage your math students, magic square puzzles are a no-brainer!  Magic Squares help kids use their brains and have fun reviewing addition, multiplication, fractions, decimals and more.

The magic squares you'll find here range from the smallest, 3 by 3, to 6 by 6 magic squares. And they involve addition, multiplication, fractions, or decimals. So grab a pencil and get your game face on!

Ideas for Teachers and Parents

• You could introduce the concept of Magic Squares to students by passing out a filled out a magic square to each student or a small group of students and have them look at it and ask if they notice anything about it.
• You could start your student/s out on the smaller (3 by 3) magic squares. You'll notice that the easier puzzles have 4 or 5 numbers already filled in. The harder puzzles have less numbers filled in.
• Have students pair up and have them work on Magic Squares as a team to compete with other teams to see which team can successfully fill their Magic Square first.

Types of Magic Squares

The addition square is the most popular type of magic square and the one you may be already familiar with.  Below is a picture of a square with the numbers already filled in.

The size of magic squares range from the smallest, 3x3 (3 rows and 3 columns), to very very large.  The world record set in 2012 for the largest magic square ever printed was one with 3559 rows and 3559 columns!  Don't worry, we won't be solving any over 8 rows and 8 columns.

• Multiplication Magic Squares

Lots of people are less familiar with Multiplication magic squares. They're great for helping kids build multiplications skills in a fun and engaging way! They work the same way as the addition square except we use multiplication instead. So all the rows, columns, and diagonals will have the same product!

Note: I will be adding more magic squares in the next week or so, to include fractions, decimals and larger addition and multiplication magic squares.