Friday, October 28, 2011

Can you KenKen?

Have you seen this game?  It is one of my FAVORITE puzzles to have on hand when I have a student finish early or need a last minute activity.  I came across this game when I attended the NCTM conference last spring in Indianapolis.  I signed up to get emails from the company and they actually send free puzzles to me every week! The puzzles range from easy to hard (Group) and you get several of each with every email.  I am not being paid to talk about Ken Ken (but it would be nice) I am just truly a big fan! 

Here is a KenKen

Here is a video to show you how to play.

Reasons why I love KenKen: 
  1. They help students with basic skills/mental math.
  2. Students use deductive reasoning and improve problem solving skills.
  3. The puzzles encourage students to become more persistent to find a solution.  

I love KenKens so much that I devoted a whole bulletin board to the puzzle.

If you are interested on getting your hands on some KenKens check out their Website.  Sign up for the emails.  Trust me - you will love the free puzzles! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this post. I am totally going to start using those in my math class. I had an educational asst a couple years ago that used to bring me puzzles like that and I bet they were Ken Ken. TFS