What to do with this activity?
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, here's a useful Youtube video that explains how they work. Have a go at these free puzzles from sudoku.com. Start with the "Beginner" level under "Difficulty".
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 choose to pay a small fee.
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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