Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sudoku Puzzle Valentine

A unique Sudoku puzzle valentine for kids.  Includes printable templates and assembly instructions.


Does your child enjoy solving Sudoku puzzles? My first grader just loves them! I created these valentines so she could share her fondness for the game with her classmates. Each booklet-style valentine contains four simple puzzles, solved with different colored hearts instead of numbers.

Coming up with the pun proved to be the hardest part as I quickly learned that there are no words that rhyme with Sudoku. After quite a bit of pondering, it came to me:  "Sudoku" (So do you) want to be my Valentine?


Free printable Sudoku puzzle valentines for children - Craftiments


Want to make these valentines for your own Sudoku addicted child? Download the puzzle pages and cover templates below, and then read on for the assembly instructions.
Sudoku puzzle pages

pun side of cover

salutation side of cover


Begin by printing and cutting out the puzzle pages. The margins around the grid should be cut as shown in the diagram below. You want 1/4" of white space around the sides and bottom of the grid, and 1 1/4" along the top.

sudoku puzzle page cutting diagram


The cover is made by printing on both sides of a piece of card stock and folding over the top edge to create a binding for the puzzle pages.  Print the pun side first, then turn the paper over and print the salutation side. Before placing it in the printer tray the second time, make sure the paper is rotated 180 degrees so the salutation prints on the edge opposite the pun.    

Cut out the cover. With the salutation side facing up, lightly score a fold line 1" from the top edge. Fold it over and crease.

score 1" from top edge


Stack the four puzzle pages together and butt them up against the inside of the fold.

Pages placed against inside of fold


Staple the pages to the cover about 1/4 - 1/2" below their top edge.

Stapling pages to cover


Fold the top down and glue it to the puzzle page.

gluing cover to pages


Kids can solve the puzzles with crayons or colored pencils.

child solving sudoku puzzle


But if your child's school allows candy, you can make this Sudoku valentine extra fun by including a box of conversation hearts!

Free kids Sudoku valentine solved with conversation hearts


8 comments :

  1. What a cute idea...this is Sudoku I could do. I find traditional Sudoku a little bit too challenging!

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  2. LOVE this idea! So charming!

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  3. This is SOO cute! Great job and thanks for sharing at our round-up!
    ~Jenn
    housewivesofriverton.com

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  4. What a clever idea! I have a nephew that would love this! Thanks for sharing it with us! Pinned to the party board!

    Marti

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  5. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you yesterday on my blog! And pinned your post - great job!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  6. Hi Kirstin! What a neat idea for a Valentine! Just dropping by to thank you for linking up to Freedom Fridays and to let you know that we'll be featuring you tonight - you can grab a button if you'd like one! We can't wait to see what you share this week! Hugs!!

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  7. I love these!! Sharing this link with my daughter's for their kiddos!! And of course I am sharing it and pinning it as one of the great features at Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends this week!!

    Hugs

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