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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Now, try and try a sample puzzle!

Try this grid a few more times, each time starting with a different cage. If your grid is a six by six, you would have the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, without any repeating.

Introducing KenKen Puzzles

Click the kenen you want from the Notes box. However, remember that each row of a 6×6 equals 21, meaning that any two rows must equal The number will disappear from the square.

To hide the number ring, click the red “X. For those who prefer an Ad-Free playing experience, we have an option for just pennies-a-day and it can be canceled anytime. The top-right corner is a single-square cage with a target number of 1.

Tutorial (Beginner)

These puzzles should be a regular feature of your classroom, so that students see that you consider puzzles “serious work” even though they’re fun! However, X-winging is when you can eliminate all krnken from every other space in the two rows shown by the “X”. You might choose to give the same puzzle to each pair, or have a few different ones.


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Please consider this option for the best experience. Ask students what might go in the two cells.

While you may notice some subtle differences, puzzle play should be exactly the same as always Check out our Will Shortz Presents books. Now are you ready for a 3×3? Here’s how you play: If a puzzle has single-cell regions, as this one does, they are obviously the “easiest” places to start.

After waiting long enough for students to have a chance, keenken free to model kenkeh an easy place” by pointing to an “easy place” that you see. Or, to just enter a number in a square, press that number on the keyboard no shift.

If you’re a beginner, start with 4×4 boards to get used to the system and strategy. What three numbers can we multiply to make 9?

These rules all still apply no matter if you’re playing a 4×4 or a 9×9. Ken,en smaller numbers in the upper right corner to take 33x, crossing them off as they are eliminated. Resources of KenKen R puzzles. Pointing to the third cell in that row, ask students what they can now figure out about the number that goes in that cell.

IQ tests and job-aptitude tests also frequently include puzzles that schools often treat as dessert. We don’t yet know which is correct. Every Kenken has some of these “easy” boxes to get you started, such as: Clicking will get rid of all the Notes in the square. Alternatively, suppose we start with the “9,x” region. The numbers, of course, can be in any order. For example, each row of a 6×6 must multiply to Similarly, if the product of one row isthen the product of two rows must be 2.


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Keep track of which numbers you cannot use in bigger Kenken puzzles. Make a note of them, making sure you understand what boxes they cover. You might not know which one goes where, but know that two of those four boxes contain a 2.

You might use them officially two or even three times a week. Ken Ken roughly translates to “cleverness-cleverness,” and solving one requires a mix of math skills and general logic. Take a two box cage for ” Changed your mind about a number? Miyamoto, chess master David Levy, and the rest of Team KenKen have crafted these math puzzles into great games for learning and brain training.