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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 Do the Apple SuDoKu
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 pieces. Then they can go back and solve the problem.