Work on logical reasoning and colors with this Easter Jelly Bean Sudoku unplugged coding activity for preschoolers to 5th graders!
We love jelly beans, so activities that involve candy are some of our favorite!
These jelly bean sudoku puzzles are great for kids of all ages. You’ll even find two different blank Sudoku grids to make your own puzzles!
Computational Thinking Concepts
Computational thinking is a new way of problem solving that involves thinking about a problem in a way that can be solved by using computing tools like logic, decomposition, abstractions, algorithms, patterns, data collection and analysis, and simulation or modeling.
Computational thinking can be used to solve problems in almost all areas of our lives and helps kids develop some pretty great life skills that can apply to a variety of situations.
A computational thinker approaches problems by:
- Experimenting and playing to solve a problem that might have more than one possible solution
- Working together with others to reach a common goal
- Persevering when faced with a difficult problem
- Finding and fixing errors in complex problems
- Designing and making solutions for open-ended problems
- Understanding their own strengths and weaknesses
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Teach Logical Reasoning
Logical reasoning is the ability to analyze and make predictions about things or explaining why something is the way that it is.
Jelly Bean Sudoku is a spin-off from Sudoku, which is a great way to emphasize the concept of logical reasoning by explaining why an object (number, letter, or in this case jelly bean) cannot go in a certain space.
Due to the rules of the puzzle, kids can speak to why each block cannot contain certain jelly bean colors, which helps them to identify the solution.
How to Play Jelly Bean Sudoku
This activity is most effective when it is modeled by an adult or older sibling before starting. For example, solve one block space and explain why the square can’t certain jelly bean colors.
Repeat the process for columns and rows as well as squares. Use the following rules to reference when modeling your logical reasoning.
- Each jelly bean can only appear once in each row
- Each jelly bean can only appear once in each column
- Each jelly bean can only appear once in each 2X2 or 3X3 block (depending on the worksheet you are using).
Use an Algorithm to Solve Your Jelly Bean Sudoku Puzzle
An algorithm is a series of instructions to solve a problem. Begin with teaching the rules of classic Sudoku.
You can turn these rules into an algorithm that automates how you are solving each square. Repeat your algorithm over and over again.
Think about how this process starts with a series of steps and evolves into a program that is written for a computer to automate a task. Sudoku like a robot!
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Use Decomposition to Simplify Easter Sudoku Puzzle
Decomposition is the process of breaking down a complex problem into smaller, easier to solve, pieces.
Focus on each 2X2 or 3X3 block. Try to solve each square by using the jelly beans in the block and following rule #3.
Another way to use decomposition (my personal favorite!) is to work on one jelly bean color at a time.
For example, start with the green jelly beans and work your way through the rest of the colors.
Preschool Jelly Bean Sudoku
Use jelly beans to solve this jelly bean Sudoku puzzle with your preschool through 3rd grade kiddo. Remember to model the logical reasoning process. For example, solve one block space and explain why the square can’t be certain ornaments.
Repeat the process for columns and rows as well as squares. Use the following rules to reference when modeling your logical reasoning. The workbook comes with a blank sudoku sheet, two different puzzles, and an answer key.
Jelly Bean Sudoku for 3rd Grade to 5th Grade
Use jelly beans to solve these Easter Sudoku puzzles. This unplugged coding workbook is made for kids in 3rd grade through 5th grade and can also be used by younger experienced Sudoku players.
Remember to model the logical reasoning process. For example, solve one block space and explain why the square can’t be certain jelly beans. Repeat the process for columns and rows as well as squares.
This workbook contains a blank grid for you to make your own jelly bean Sudoku puzzles, three pre-made puzzles (easy, hard, expert), and an answer key.
The Jelly Bean Sudoku Unplugged Coding workbook has three different Easter Sudoku puzzles!
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Meet Toni, the Maker Mom behind Our Family Code
Hey there, I’m Toni! I’m a software engineer and Maker Mom that finds my joy in unleashing my children’s curiosity by exploring STEAM concepts with my fantastic five!
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