Adding Smarts, Subtracting Fear, Multiplying Fun!
Our puzzles puzzle some: They can’t believe that KenKen—something so delightfully addictive, so completely fun—has an educational pedigree. But it’s true. KenKen was born in a Japanese classroom in 2004 and now boasts a proven track record of academic benefits—from increasing math skills and logical thinking to developing concentration, perseverance, and stamina.
It boils down to subtle shifts in challenge level, and a seemingly endless combination of numbers and operations. The more you play, the better you get. No wonder kids love it! And teachers do too: In fact, thousands of teachers worldwide now use our KenKen Classroom program, which allows them to target individual student needs with specially selected puzzles and chart student progress. Teachers who sign up for the free program quickly see why we named the puzzle after the Japanese word “ken,” meaning “wisdom.” (Loosely translated, KenKen means “wisdom squared.”)
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