Logic puzzles can be tricky, but they are fun cognitive activities for kids that teach logical reasoning skills, organizational skills, and critical thinking. Solving simple logic puzzles gives kids confidence in their own abilities and makes them feel smart. Click on the puzzle you want to try to download and print it. If you need help downloading the printable mind puzzles, check out these helpful tips.
Traditional Logic Puzzles With Grids
Traditional logic puzzles require using the process of elimination to figure out the answer. The provided grid helps kids from kindergarten on up organized the information to solve the deduction puzzle.
- 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 'O' there to show it's the correct choice.
- If a clue tells you the correct choice like, "Mary loves riding horses," you can place an 'O' where Mary and horses intersect then put 'X's in Mary's row for the other animals. Logic states, if she chooses one, she cannot choose the others.
Animal Logic Puzzle With Grid
In the animal lovers logic puzzle, four kids are picking out unique pets and you have to figure out which pet each child chose. Kids ages five to seven can solve this easy logic puzzle that includes a separate answer key.
Fruit Logic Puzzle With Grid
Lower elementary kids can have fun solving the fruit lovers logic puzzle. With only four rows, four columns, and four clues, this puzzle is on the easier side as kids find out who ate each piece of fruit. The included answer keys shows the correct answers.
Dance Logic Puzzle With Grid
With only three clues the dance logic puzzle is fun and challenging for elementary school children. It's up to you to find out which girls danced with which boys at the big school dance. Check your answers on the included answer key.
Pie Logic Puzzle With Grid
The pie logic puzzle is made for kids in grades three through five. This challenging logic puzzle features five clues, five rows, and five columns. Kids need to figure out who got each type of pie. The solution is provided on a separate page.
Vehicle Logic Puzzle With Grid
Kids in upper elementary and middle grades are challenged to figure out three different factors in the let's get moving logic puzzle. Using three clues, kids need to figure out who drove what kind of vehicle and what color it was. If you can't solve the puzzle, find the solution on the provided answer key.
Line Leader Logic Puzzle With Grid
The 5 by 5 grid with the line leader logic puzzle makes it more challenging and ideal for upper elementary students. Kids will have to figure out what order the children are standing in as they wait for ice cream using only four clues. Use the included solution to check your answer.
Nonogram Puzzles for Kids
To solve Nonogram puzzles, look at the numbers on the tops and sides of the grid. Think of these logic worksheets like color-by-numbers that only use a pencil instead of crayons.
- Each number stands for a continuous section of black block in that row or column. For example, a 6 to the left of a row means color in 6 consecutive blocks.
- If there are two numbers, it means there are two colored sections with a gap between them. For example, 3 then 4 means color three blocks, leave some white space, then color 4 blocks.
- Use the row and column numbers to figure out where the white spaces should go.
- Each finished puzzle creates a fun image you can discover on the included answer keys.
Easy Kids' Nonogram Puzzle
Kids in lower elementary grades can grasp the concept and try this easy Nonogram puzzle that only features single or double numbers in a 6 by 8 grid.
Difficult Kids' Nonogram Puzzle
Upper elementary and middle school kids can try their hand at this difficult Nonogram puzzle that features a triple number clue.
Sudoku Puzzles for Kids
Sudoku 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 the process of elimination as well as a bit of trial and error. Answer keys are provided with each puzzle.
Easy Kids' Sudoku Puzzle
Younger kids can try out this easier 9 by 9 grid Sudoku puzzle that features lots of given numbers at the start.
Difficult Kids' Sudoku Puzzle
Older kids who are ready for a challenging logic puzzle can try this difficult Sudoku puzzle. It still features a 9 by 9 grid, but there aren't as many given numbers as the other Sudoku puzzle.
Math Logic Puzzles for Kids
Math logic puzzles for kids add the extra challenge of solving math problems along with the logic puzzle. Kids will need to know basic math concepts to complete these, so they're best suited for kids going into first grade or older.
Strimko Adding to Ten Puzzles
Strimko puzzles are similar to Sudoku puzzles, but they don't have a standard grid. Each stream, or the circles connected by lines, must add up to ten. Each row must contain different numbers and each column must too. Using only the numbers 1 to 10, kids will have to figure out which fits where. There are three puzzles on the printable logic puzzle PDF with an attached answer key.
Multiplication and Division KenKen Puzzles
KenKen puzzles offer a real math challenge for upper elementary and middle school students. Each of the two puzzles features a 3 by 3 grid. Each row must contain different numbers and each column must too. Kids need to use the provided sum and math symbol to find the right answers for a given cage, or colored section. They can even use a division or multiplication chart printable to help them get started.
Challenging Puzzles for Kids
- Find themed and new kids' online logic games to supplement paper puzzles.
- Solve kids' crossword puzzles that feature clues and words kids should be familiar with.
- Printable word puzzles for kids work reading and spelling skills.
- Challenge critical thinking skills with printable brain teasers for kids.
- Turn pictures into words with printable rebus puzzles for kids.
Tips for Solving Logic Puzzles
Solving logic puzzles requires concentration and organization, but you don't want to overthink the solutions. Use these general tips to help you solve any kids' logic puzzle.
- Read all the directions and information once before you start taking actions.
- Use a pencil and have an eraser on hand so you can easily wipe away mistakes.
- Start with what you know. If the information you have isn't directly spelled out, write it in the margins of your paper.
- Start at the end and work backwards if you're having trouble starting at the beginning.
- If it's a short puzzle, write out all possible answers then cross them out as they're proven wrong.
- If it's a number puzzle, write out all the numbers you're allowed to use then cross each off as you use it.
- Look for patterns that might be hidden within the puzzle.
- If you're really struggling with a puzzle, put it away and come back to it later. You'll often catch things you missed with fresh eyes.
Engage Your Logical Brain
Logic puzzles for kids are meant to be both fun and challenging. That being said, it's easy for kids to get frustrated with these types of puzzles. Make sure the puzzles you choose are age-appropriate and offer hints when needed to help kids get to the solution. When they do, they'll be filled with confidence!