Monday, January 19, 2009

KenKen: the new Sudoku

Move over Sudoku, there's a new game in town- KenKen. It's the latest international puzzle craze.

We were sent a KenKen book (price around $9) in order to experience these math logic puzzles for ourselves. My eight-year-old and I took to them immediately. Well, once we figured out what were were supposed to do.

KenKen builds numeric skills through simple arithmetic puzzles that involve simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, or sometimes all four operations. See an example here.

Ken is the Japanese word for wisdom. Get yourself a double dose of wisdom--make that a three double doses, because I'm giving away a set of three KenKen books to one lucky winner.

These make for great unplugged entertainment on long snowbound days and are perfectly portable, making them great for travel, too.

RULES To enter, leave a comment below. Entries from US residents will be accepted through 9:30 AM CST 1/19. Blog or Tweet this post for an extra entry each (come back and comment to let me know you did so). You can also gain an extra entry by subscribing to my main blog.

37 comments:

Brandie said...

I've tried a couple of these before .... they can be fun, once you've moved past frustration LOL!!! As a sudoku addict, I'd love to try a whole book of these

Bonggamom said...

What a great way to pass the time! I'd love to join this giveaway, thanks!

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carogonza said...

I don;t get Sudoku but hubby loves it. He can do it all day. He would love this.

2KoP said...

The math geek in my family would love these.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a fun give away
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Brimful Curiosities said...

Sounds awesome. I'm always up for the brainteasers. Thanks.

Veronica said...

Me! me!

The Benge Family said...

These look challenging and fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

valmg said...

I didn't know about these but I love Soduko so I'd love the opportunity to try these out.

valmg said...

I tweeted this. http://twitter.com/valmg/status/1116486246

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Melanie said...

These sound really fun.
Great giveaway! Thanks!

Heidi said...

My husband and oldest son would have so much fun with those. I would love to check them out, too - thanks for the chance to win! I'm hthaden at gmail dot com.

Renee G said...

Oh I'd love to try this.
Sudoku is my favorite.

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moushka said...

I have never liked sudoku, but these would be great to have.

bkittie@hotmail.com said...

I've never heard of this before. It would be fun to try!

kendoku said...

You can also play randomized 4x4 and 6x6 games online at http://www.webkendoku.com

There are also Google Gadgets so you can play games from any website including your iGoogle Homepage at
http://www.googleminiapps.com/fun-games/play-4x4-kendoku-and-kenken-online-gadget/
http://www.googleminiapps.com/fun-games/play-6x6-kendoku-and-kenken-online-gadget/

mindy said...

sudoku is tough but a lot of fun thanks for the giveaway

cdziuba said...

I hope I win, I need more puzzles to drive me insane.

Anya said...

Sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance.

Sprite's Keeper said...

I like Sudoku, so what the hey!

WkSocMom said...

Hmm, thought I entered. Keegan would so love this, he already loves Sudoku, way more patient than me.

malleycc said...

WOW a new puzzle game I love Sudoku so maybe I would love this too. Thanks for the chance

liane66 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I also love Soduku, so count me in!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

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Kristina said...

Sounds like fun.

Elsie said...

Ken is a word for wisdom...maybe I can find a wise Ken to help me with my Ken puzzle! Very intersting, I am a fan of origami, but this looks like a step beyond that! Yes I can! Hope I win!

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cstironkat said...

These would keep the boys busy for hours. THey love puzzles like this. Thank you for the chance.

NGS said...

I love puzzles. As a math teacher, I'm sure I could find a way to incorporate this into my curriculum.

April said...

Sounds super fun!

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Danielle said...

I love Soduku so this would be fun to try!
thanks
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amweeks said...

My husband & children love these type of math puzzles, and I know they'd enjoy this book!

amweeks said...

I'm a subscriber via Google!