The 3x3 magic squares on these puzzle worksheets are the least complex form of magic squares you can solve. There are normal versions (with numbers 1-9) and non-normal versions that produce a different ‘magic number’ when solved. Give them a try before moving on to the 4x4 magic squares!
Each of these 3x3 magic square puzzles is solved by determining the values that make the sums all rows, columns and diagonals equal to the same value. The sum is referred to as the magic constant. For a 3x3 magic square, there is actually only one normal solution and all of the puzzles are derived from rotations or reflections of that puzzle.
The normal variations of these puzzles (the 3x3 puzzles that contain only 1-9) will have a magic constant of 15. This should make solving the early puzzle worksheets pretty easy. These worksheets are great practice for kids in grade 2, grade 3 or grade 4 who are mastering their addition facts.
The later puzzles in this section are non-normal magic squares, and their sums will NOT equal 15. You’ll need to do a little more work to solve these! Good luck!