A magic square is an arrangement of numbers in a grid where each number occurs only once yet the sum or product of any row, any column, or any main diagonal is the same. So the numbers in magic squares are special, but why are they called magic? "It seems that from ancient times they were connected with the supernatural and magical world," notes NRICH, a mathematics website, adding:

"The earliest record of magic squares is from China in about 2200 B.C. and is called Lo-Shu. There's a legend that says that Emperor Yu the Great saw this magic square on the back of a divine tortoise in the Yellow River."

Whatever their origin, bring some fun into your mathematics class by letting students experience the wonders of these seemingly magical math squares. In each of the eight magic squares slides below, students can see a completed example to examine how the squares work. They then fill in the blank spaces in five more magic squares giving them a chance to practice their multiplication skills.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No 1

In this worksheet, students fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for them. Also, by clicking the link at the top right-hand corner of this slide, you can access and print a PDF with the answers for this and all of the worksheets in this article.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 2

As above, in this worksheet, students fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for students so that the can examine how the squares work. For example, in problem No. 1, students should list the numbers 9 and 5 on the top row and 4 and 11 on the bottom row. Show them that going across, 9 x 5 = 45; and 4 x 11 is 44. Gowing down, 9 x 4 = 36, and 5 x 11 = 55.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 3

In this worksheet, students fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for them so that the can examine how the squares work. This gives students an easy and fun way to practice multiplication.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 4

In this worksheet, students fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for students so that the can examine how the squares work. This gives students more opportunity to practice multiplication.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 5

In this worksheet, students fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for students so that the can examine how the squares work. If students are struggling to find the right numbers, take a step back from magic squares, and spend a day or two having them practice their multiplication tables.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 6

In this worksheet, students fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for them. This worksheet focuses on slightly larger numbers to give students more advanced multiplication work.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 7

This printable offers students more opportunity to fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. The first one is done for students so that the can examine how the squares work.

## Multiplication Squares Worksheet No. 8

This printable offers students more opportunity to fill in the squares so that the products are correct on the right side and on the bottom. For a fun twist, write the magic squares on the board and do these as a class.