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 and delete the clip art that is already on it.
  • 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):
  • Mazes  (mathfactcafe) square; choose with one click of a button – easy, medium, hard or wow.
  • Mazes  (theteacherscorner) choose rectangle/square; size (up to 50×75); corridor thickness; add your own title and instructions.
  • Mazes  (discoveryeducation) choose 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); add your own title.
  • Mazes  (mazegenerator) choose your own shape – rectangle, circle, triangle, hexagon; style of 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 size (up to 100×100 letters); add your own title and list of up to 680 words; choose shape (diamond, heart, spiral, star, car, train, circle, smiley face, triangle, square, rectangle, or custom shape); word placement (up, down, diagonal); choose font size; background and foreground colours; various languages
  • Word Search  (discoveryeducation) choose size (up to 40×40 letters); square/rectangle; add your own title and list of words.
  • Word Search  (atozteacherstuff) choose size (up to 50×50 letters); choose shape (diamond, heart, spiral, star, car, train, circle, smiley face, triangle, square, rectangle); choose font; font size; lower or upper case letters; word placement (up, down, diagonal); add your own title and list of up to 100 words; various languages
  • Word Search  (abcya) add your own title and 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 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 title, then enter up to 8 words and clues

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OTHER PUZZLES

  • WORD SCRAMBLE  (Gospelhall) create a Word Scramble puzzle from any Bible verse; or enter your own words; partial sentence can be shown as a clue with blanks to fill in if you wish; with a final word, phrase or Bible verse to solve
  • HIDDEN MESSAGE  (discoveryeducation) a word search with a hidden message; great for Bible verses
  • WORD SCRAMBLE  (glassgiant) Make your own scrambled words or phrases.
  • 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.
  • CRYPTOGRAMS  (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 Cryptograms to decode your text; give your solver a head start if you wish.
  • 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).
  • COLOURING PAGE PUZZLE  Create your own puzzle out of any colouring page by adding some quick maths. Or choose your clues from any other subject that you wish to discuss with your child. How about a few verbs? Perfect for any age, language or theme. And why stop at maths? 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.
  • 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 and ask them or a teacher to cut it up).
  • PICTURE PERFECT PUZZLE  Print any picture, glue it on to paper or card (rather than pop sticks as shown) and cut in strips to make a simple picture perfect puzzle. Great for a Bible poster or 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 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.
  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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2018
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