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Sudoku puzzles are an enjoyable way to pass the time, and great brain exercise! In the Japanese language, the word "sudoku" means "a single number", and that's what each puzzle is about. You have to find the single correct number that goes into each empty square of the grid until it is complete. It's all about logical problem solving - no guessing involved.
If you have never done a sudoku before, Activity Village is a great place to start. Download their "How to do sudoku puzzles" which is aimed at kids. It has examples for your child to build on, and printable sudoku puzzles for them to try. If you don't have a printer, just draw a grid and fill in the given numbers.
You can also find cheap books of sudoku puzzles in your local book shop or newsagent for further challenges. Make sure that the level of difficulty is suited to your child.
If you are travelling, download a free app for your android or iphone called "Enjoy Sudoku" and enjoy sudoku puzzles online. Choose easy levels at first. If you prefer an advertisement free version you might have to pay a small fee.
Playing is one of the most effective ways children learn. It builds your child’s concentration and thinking skills as well as building their skills in using numbers, seeing patterns and being able to group things together. Playing games with others helps their social skills and gives them a chance to practice things they have heard and seen.
Playing games that involve words are great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. Games that involve dices and numbers help with maths and logical reasoning.
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