Magic SquaresClick on the page at the bottom to print the activity. 
Objectives 
To complete a magic square using a given set of numbers. 

Levels 
Magic Squares is aimed Year 4  6. This activity can be tackled at a variety of levels. Year 4 children may need teacher support to get started. 

Resources 
One 09 set of small number cards 

Description 
Magic Squares is an activity designed to encourage reasoning about number, in the context of addition number bonds. The cards must be placed in the grey boxes so the each row and each column of the square has the same total. This 'magic total' is 15 with a 1 to 9 set of cards, and 12 with the extension activity, using the cards 0 to 8. In each case the median number goes in the middle. 

Related Work 
Magic Squares builds on the work of Magic Crosses. 
Here is one solution to the magic square. 
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