Logic puzzles can be tricky, but they are very beneficial because they teach critical thinking and reasoning skills. Also, who doesn't enjoy the "aha" moment when you finally figure out the answer?
Solving Logic Puzzles
There are three different types of logic puzzles below for you to print. To print, click on the image link which will bring up a pdf. Then use the print icon to print the puzzle. Note that you will need to have Adobe reader to see the puzzles. If you do not have it, you can download it for free here.
Traditional Logic Puzzles
These puzzles require you to use the process of elimination to figure out the answer. It helps to use the grid that's provided. For example, if a clue says, "Mary doesn't like cats" you would find the column labeled Mary, and the row labeled cats, and put an 'X' where they intersect. When there is only one choice left in a row or column, put an 0 there. That means it is the correct choice.
If a clue tells you the correct choice; for example, "Mary likes dogs," you can place an O where Mary and dogs intersect, and put 'X's in Mary's row for the other animals. Logic states, if she chooses one, she cannot choose the others. Keep working through the clues this way. You may have to read some of the clues more than once.
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Do you love doing paint by number pictures? These are kind of the same thing, but you use your pencil. To solve these puzzles, look at the numbers on the tops and sides of the grid. Each number stands for a continuous section of black blocks. For example, if there is a number 6, it means you will need to color in 6 blocks in a row, with no gaps. If there are two numbers, for example, the row says 3, 4, that means there is a section of three black blocks, then one or more white blocks, then a section of four black blocks.
So, how do you fiigure it out? If a row has 6 spaces and there is a number 6 to the left of it, that means all of the spaces in the row are black. If it has a 5 instead, you know the middle 4 spaces must be black because they will be black, whether you start from the left or start from the right. Use the clues from the columns to figure out where the fifth black space will go. Soon, your image will come to life!
These puzzles are all about numbers. Each row will have the numbers 1 through 9 listed only once. Same for the columns and the square sections that consists of nine squares each. This game uses process of elimination as well as a little bit of trial and error.
Finished all of our puzzles? Check out the following links for more:
- Hoagie's Gifted Education Page-This site offers plenty of brain teasers for kids of all ages, including "Brain Binders", "Brain Boosters", "Brain Food", "Labyrinth", and "Mastermind".
- The Kidz Page-This site, which is dedicated to kids, offers lots of great downloads in a variety of topics.
- Word Juxtapoz- This site features hundreds of the world's wackiest, funniest and brainiest icebreakers, energizers, creative thinking games, word puzzles, brain teasers riddles, cartoon idioms and proverbs and teaching materials!
Remember, if you get stuck on any of the puzzles, the solutions are included. You can always start at the end and work backwards until you get the hang of the rules. You can also ask an adult to give you a hint if you're getting frustrated. You'll be happy you stuck with it, and you may want to design a few new puzzles of your own.