Sudoku is a puzzle "in which missing numbers are to be filled into a 9 by 9 grid of squares which are subdivided into 3 by 3 boxes so that every row, every column, and every box contains the numbers 1 through 9." (Thanks Merriam-Webster.) It's been around since the late 1800s, but these "magical square" puzzles got its limelight again in 2014 when it became a global craze. There's many benefits in playing Sudoku such as practicing your logical thinking process and strengthening your brain function. Plus it's a whole lotta fun. So today I made a simplified version of this game using pictures instead of numbers to introduce this fun puzzle to young players.
Before you begin, print the puzzle. You can purchase it here. First, have your child color the pictures. Next, cut out the squares, using the dotted lines as a guide. Without gluing down the squares, have your child place the picture in the correct square. Remember that each image can appear only once in each row, column, and square. Lastly, once you've solved the puzzle, glue down the pieces.
And just like that, your child is a bona fide Sudoku player. The pack comes with 30 puzzles to color, cut, and solve. Enjoy! Your brain will thank you.