Christmas MathDoku

Christmas math resourcesThis resource only just missed our Christmas Activities eBook.

It is a MathDoku, or KenKen type puzzle. We've simplified the more traditional version so that it only includes addition.

MathDoku math puzzle

The idea is for the children to work together to complete each 5x5 grid - they only have a small number of clues and a few simple rules to follow.

The rules are that:

  • the numbers entered into each 'cell' (a number of squares marked out by darker lines) should total the clue number in the top left-hand corner of the cell;
  • only the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 should be used;
  • as with Sudoku, no number can appear on any row or column more than once.

 Christmas Math activityThe pdf file attachment below includes four KenKen puzzles (together with answers).

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deeno's picture

 Great maths challenge I know

 Great maths challenge I know my class will love this.
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NikkiP's picture

Hi, great puzzle to practise

Hi, great puzzle to practise addition in a fun way. I have adapted the grid to make it an all year round activity. I think I will print number cards with 1 - 5 on, then cut the top left corner off so the target number is still visible. This way the children can manipulate the numbers without having to rub out any errors.
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marykaracalik's picture

That's a really good idea.

That's a really good idea. I've only just downloaded it but I will try it your way with number cards as I think that will be very helpful to the children. Thankyou
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johdu's picture

That's a great adaptation.

That's a great adaptation. Thanks for the feedback.
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maths's picture

Very helpful!

Very helpful!
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jtemplet's picture

My class loved this activity

My class loved this activity - it had all levels of ability in the class motivated, engaged and challenged. Many thanks!
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johdu's picture

That's great news - thanks

That's great news - thanks for the positive feedback.
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I love it that is going to be

I love it that is going to be my problem of the week and for my higher/middle group.
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 awesome resource. My top

 awesome resource. My top group will love it!
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foster594's picture

I'm not going to wait until

I'm not going to wait until December - these are going in my maths area straight after half term!
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topcat1978's picture

Can't wait until December to

Can't wait until December to try these with my maths group. They look fab!
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LukeW's picture

Perfect for a Christmas

Perfect for a Christmas timefiller :)
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