It is always difficult to get children to practice
calculations, especially if they are given a worksheet to do. A whole page of sums looks daunting and not very exciting.
I recently came across an interesting puzzle game called KENKEN.
No, it has nothing to do with the doll!
KENKEN is a numerical puzzle that tests basic operations such
as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and also challenges
logic and problem-solving skills. It was developed in 2004 by the Japanese
instructor Tetsuya Miyamoto who wanted
to improve his students’ Maths and logic skills.
You can find many
examples to work through on the official
or download the Mobile App.


The simpler puzzles with just addition will help even children
in Grade 2 to practise their number bonds. More difficult puzzles that combine
all four operations can be used with the older children.


Be warned though – it can become quite addictive! My 8-year
old loves the Mobile App and nags me to allow him to play KENKEN.
Neshni Naidoo
Director: Vedic Maths Forum South Africa

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