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Magic Square 15 Puzzle

In this Magic Square 15 Puzzle, your task is to arrange the numbers 1 through 9 in the grid so that the numbers in each row, column, and main diagonal sum to 15.

magic square puzzle

I’ve typed up so many different puzzles for my classroom over the years, but somehow I’ve managed to overlook including a basic magic square puzzle for them to complete. I decided to remedy that!

I’m also thinking that I could play this on my giant tic tac toe board in my classroom. Hmmm…

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.


Friday 3rd of September 2021

Thank you for the puzzles. I love the Make Six Puzzle but unfortunately, I teach middle school math support and most of the students do not know the symbols to complete the 4s 8s and 9s. Any thoughts of how I can modify or create a different puzzle for those students?

Sarah Carter

Monday 6th of September 2021

Hi Lisa!

I've heard from several other teachers who have modified the rules for the Make Six Puzzle to work for them and their students. Some teachers have let students use exponents, for example.

You could also limit the puzzle to only solving for certain numbers. Another similar puzzle you might look into would be Four Fours.