What is it about puzzles that is so much fun? I’m not sure, but I love SuDoKu. I find it soothing (not the impossible ones) and they make me feel smarter. So, of course, I wanted to make some for my kids! Puzzles are great but the numbers in SuDoKu aren’t always right for younger kids.
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How to Set Up the Apple SuDoKu
This one is a really easy setup (my favorite kind). In fact, your kids can handle the setup if they know how to do the puzzles.
Just cut out the extra pieces and you’re good to go! Each puzzle comes with its own set of pieces. So just pick a puzzle, print, and you’re all set!
How To Play Sudoku for Kids
This is basically a mini version of regular SuDoKu. So if you know how to play regular SuDoKu, this shouldn’t be hard to understand!
There are four different pictures. The goal is to solve the puzzle so there is only one of each picture in every row, column, and square. Each puzzle starts with about 6 pieces already in place. The trick is to find a spot for the other 10 without doubling up on any pictures.
When I’m teaching my kids, I try to give them the general rules and then model how to solve one. I think out loud as I’m solving the puzzle. Then I let them finish their own and try to help without giving it away.
If they were to place two apples in one column I might say “Do you see any pictures doubling up in this column?”. Or even more subtle “Hm I think there is a double somewhere”. The more they work on the puzzles, the faster they seem to be at finding the problems.
Often you don’t even need to say anything. If they make a mistake they will reach a point where they cannot find another piece. Then they can go back and solve the problem.
Easy Sudoku for Kids
I’ve done SuDoKu puzzles since before having kids, so this is something my kids have grown up watching me do. At a certain point, they always become curious and want to do their own.
But doing a typical 1-9 SuDoKu puzzle can be a difficult place to start.
And that’s why I love these easy sudoku puzzles for kids. They’re much simpler so kids can start at a much younger age.
Since they use pictures, you don’t have to worry about number differentiation.
And the pictures mean you can entice them with a theme they love.
And finally, the 4×4 SuDoKu will be a much faster puzzle – so you won’t lose their attention and they’ll have a fairly quick win. They’ll be working on regular 1-9 SuDoKu puzzles before you know it.