Tutorial ~ Make your own Puzzles

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You have your colouring frame all ready to go. But there are no free printable puzzles for your topic. Oh no! What are you going to do? This is what I found when I recently did a mystery adventure for my older children. Desert caves, ancient secrets, priceless treasure, and invading warriors… but not a matching puzzle of fun to be found. So I made my own. Here’s how (fabulous for Bible verses and Bible theme packages)…

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MAZE

  • ADAPT AN EXISTING MAZE  Look for a plain maze that you like with no clip art on it. Or find a maze that you like, delete the clip art that is already on it, and then insert your own clip art to go with your theme.
  • DRAW YOUR OWN MAZE  Draw a shape outline or use a template. It can be anything – a tree, a house, a beach, a tropical island, a fire truck, an animal… any shape to match your theme. Then fill it by drawing lines inside your shape. Remember to mark your start and finish points. Here’s a couple of tutorials with tips on how to fill in your maze: easy; fun; more challenging.
  • MAZE GENERATOR  Or try one of these simple maze generators (free printable), then add your own clip art:
  • Mazes  (mathfactcafe) choose your square with one click of a button – easy, medium, hard or wow – then click ‘generate’.
  • Mazes  (theteacherscorner) choose rectangle/square; size (up to 50×75); corridor thickness; add your own title; and then add your instructions.
  • Mazes  (discoveryeducation) choose your shape – rectangle/square, cut-outs, circle/oval, wheel/donut, escape; size (up to 80×80); fill path (random, horizontal, vertical checkerboard, concentric squares, inward x); then add your own title.
  • Mazes  (mazegenerator) choose your shape – rectangle, circle, triangle, hexagon; choose the style of the inner cells; size (up to 200×200).
  • Mazes  (glassgiant) choose size (up to 40×40); difficulty; background and foreground colours.

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WORD SEARCH

  • Word Search  (Gospelhall) choose your size – up to 100×100 letters; add your own title and your list of up to 680 words; choose your shape – diamond, heart, spiral, star, car, train, circle, smiley face, triangle, square, rectangle, or custom shape; choose your word placement – up, down, diagonal; choose your font size; choose your background and foreground colours; and it can be printed in various languages.
  • Word Search  (discoveryeducation) choose your size (up to 40×40 letters); choose your shape – square/rectangle; add your own title and your list of words.
  • Word Search  (atozteacherstuff) choose your size – up to 50×50 letters; choose your shape – diamond, heart, spiral, star, car, train, circle, smiley face, triangle, square, rectangle; choose your font and font size; choose lower or upper case letters; choose your word placement – up, down, diagonal; add your own title and list of up to 100 words; also available in various languages.
  • Word Search  (abcya) add your own title and a list of up to 15 words

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CROSSWORD PUZZLE

  • Crossword  (Gospelhall) create a puzzle (up to 50×30) from any Bible passage or theme; or enter your own words and up to 30 clues
  • Crossword  (discoveryeducation) choose your number of squares; size of squares; then enter your words and clues
  • Crossword  (atozteacherstuff) choose title, then enter your words and clues
  • Crossword  (abcya) choose your title, then enter up to 8 words and clues

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WORD SCRAMBLE

  • Word Scramble  (Gospelhall) create a word scramble puzzle from any Bible verse; or enter your own words; a partial sentence can be shown as a clue with blanks to fill in; with a final word, phrase or Bible verse to solve
  • Word scramble  (glassgiant) Make your own scrambled words or phrases.

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CRYPTOGRAM

  • Cryptogram  (Gospelhall) make your own cryptogram from any Bible verse; or enter your own words that are then encrypted using a secret code; break the code by substituting letters for the symbols; scramble letters to make it more challenging if you wish;
  • Cryptograms  (discoveryeducation) make your own cryptogram to decode your text; give your solver a head start if you wish.

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TURN A COLOURING PAGE INTO A PUZZLE

      • TURN A COLOURING PAGE INTO A PUZZLE  Create your own puzzle out of any colouring page by adding some quick maths, which you child can colour afterwards ~ but only if they get it all right! Who knew that maths could be so fun? Maybe the equations / puzzles could add up to a price tag of something relevant to them. And why stop at maths? Choose your clues from any other subject that you wish to discuss with your child. How about some spelling, or a few verbs? Turn it into a doodle activity sheet – add a fill-in question here; a quick ‘true or false’ question there; a hidden message somewhere else… just add a few text boxes to your puzzle before you print, or write them in. Perfect for any age, language or theme.
      • TURN A COLOURING PAGE INTO A BIBLE VERSE PUZZLE  Taking the above puzzle idea as your format, scatter the words of a Bible verse around your colouring page for your child to work out where it comes from. It could be a Bible verse your child already knows; or you could include a relevant list of Bible verses to match whatever your theme is for them to look up; or hide the whole Bible verse somewhere on your page (as you would show the answer to a puzzle). Great idea for a Bible Treasure Hunt theme. For a boy theme ~ find a Bible verse about Godly character or courage. Doing a girl theme ~ find a Bible verse about wisdom or true beauty.
      • BIBLE SPELLING PUZZLE  Scatter some Bible words around your colouring page as a fill-in-the-blank puzzle related to your theme, or make it about your child. Leave some vacant spaces between letters, for your child to guess each word. For younger children, you may want to include a list of words to choose from. For older children, use more blanks!
      • TELL A STORY  Scatter some words (or fill-in-the-blank words) relating to your theme around your colouring page. Ask your child to solve the words, then make up a story about what they see and use those words in their story. You may like to include space on your page for them to do this. Or make up a separate story page for them to write on, using this tutorial as a guide.
      • FOR OLDER CHILDREN  Choose any colouring page and adapt the puzzle for your child’s age and interests. Spelling? Use harder words. Are they learning English? Throw in an English Bible verse for them to work out; or some English words relating to your theme. Geography? Include some place names for them to work out. Maths? No problem! Just use harder equations; maybe a mix of adding, multiplication, subtraction, division, decimals or fractions. Or throw in some algebra, trigonometry or even chemistry equations.

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OTHER PUZZLES

  • HIDDEN MESSAGE  (discoveryeducation) a word search with a hidden message; great for Bible verses
  • DOUBLE PUZZLES  (discoveryeducation) Double Puzzles have scrambled letters and a final word, phrase or Bible verse to solve
  • FALLEN PUZZLE (Gospelhall) make your own fallen quote puzzle from any Bible verse; or enter your own words; All of the letters in the white squares have dropped out. Put them back into their places to find the secret message.
  • FALLEN PUZZLE  (discoveryeducation) fallen phrases solve a phrase or Bible verse
  • LETTER TILES  (discoveryeducation) Use Letter Tiles to solve a scrambled phrase or Bible verse.
  • MATH SQUARES  (discoveryeducation) Math Squares fill in the missing numbers using addition, multiplication, subtraction and division… and let’s face it. We can all use a little more help with maths!
  • NUMBER BLOCKS  (discoveryeducation) Number Blocks fill in the missing numbers; more blank cells = more difficult (I think it’s a maths version of sudoku).
  • HANDWRITING WORKSHEETS  (atozteacherstuff) Make your own Handwriting worksheets for your child; each page has up to 17 characters; great for snippets of Bible verses
  • WORD SHAPES WORKSHEETS  (atozteacherstuff) Make your own printable word shapes worksheets for spelling lists, word wall words, word study, etc. Make a list of up to 12 words; students fill in the boxes choosing the appropriate word from the list.
  • JIGSAW PUZZLE  Make your own jigsaw puzzle from a poster or make your own. Simply print out your poster then cut it up into pieces of diffulty for your child. Send as a whole sheet for your sponsored child, mark out the puzzle pieces, and ask them or a teacher to cut it up.
  • PICTURE PERFECT PUZZLE  Print any picture, glue it on to paper or card (or pop sticks for your homeschool or Sunday school students) and cut in strips to make a simple picture perfect puzzle. Great for a Bible poster, your family photo, or your child’s photo – let them be the star of their own puzzle. Send as a whole sheet for your sponsored child, mark out the puzzle pieces, and ask them or a teacher to cut it up.

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EXTRA JAZZ FOR YOUR PUZZLES ~ FOR THE TRULY ADVENTUROUS 

When you’re finished, jazz it up and make your puzzle FUN!

  1. FRAME IT  Put your masterpiece into a colouring page frame – add a border, a title, some clip art to match your theme and a favourite Bible verse!
  2. TEXT BOX  Insert a text box on your page to match your theme and age range. For a maze for younger kids, it could be as simple as, “Help Tommy the tiger to find his friend.”
  3. CLIP ART  Add some clip art that you just know your child will love. Say, one tiger looking like he is taking a walk at the beginning of the maze. And one tiger sitting at the end of the maze waiting for him. It’s as simple as that.
  4. RECOLOUR YOUR PUZZLE  Optional:  Recolour your puzzles using a program like MS Publisher to suit your theme. How? Simply right click on your puzzle – click ‘format’ – ‘picture’ – ‘recolor’ and choose whatever colour you want. Too easy.

NOW you’re done!

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Tell them about Jesus!

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