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Magic squares


Magic squares

What to do with this activity?

Magic squares are an amazing mathematical marvel. The numbers in each row, each column, and even each diagonal add up to the same number - the "magic" number. Have a look at the picture of the magic square above which uses all the numbers from 1 to 9. Notice how the numbers in each row, column and diagonal add up to the number 15. 

Magic squares were discovered in China thousands of years ago. In some cultures they were thought to have a magical meaning, and they were sometimes used as symbols in important works of art. 

Click on the link above right for a PDF showing another magic square - this time four rows by four columns. 

Click here to find a printable magic square worksheets from Puzzles to Print. You can choose the beginner, intermediate or advanced level of worksheet to suit your child. 

Find out more about magic squares from Dr. Mike's math games for kids.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.

  • How can I do more?

    Discuss maths that you see around you. For example, talk about sales in shops – half price, 25% off, what is good value? Or how much will the item cost after the discount?

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