You have selected your topic and your colouring frame is all ready to go. But there are no free printable puzzles for your topic to put in it. Oh no! What are you going to do? This is what I found when I recently did a fun 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. These ideas are fabulous for Bible verse puzzles and Bible theme packages or just if you want to tailor your puzzles to suit your child…
- Adapt an Existing Maze Look for a plain maze 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 your own shape outline or use a template. It can be anything, e.g. – palm tree, castle, beach, tropical island, mountain, pond, butterfly, dragonfly, cockatoo, peach, fire truck, ship, train, tractor, rocket ship, submarine, angel fish, seahorse, snow skier, soccer player, dinosaur, lighthouse, shepherd, leaf, hot air balloon, treasure ship, lantern, electric guitar, trumpet, surfboard, gift box, microscope, birthday cake, heart, house, animal… in fact, any shape you can think of 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 or tips on how to fill in your maze: easy; fun; fun; fun; more challenging. Your finished maze might look something like this: dinosaur | butterfly | ladybug.
- Maze Generator Or try one of these simple maze generators (free printable), then add your own clip art to match your theme:
- Mazes (mathfactcafe) choose your square difficulty level – easy, medium, hard or wow.
- 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 title.
- Mazes (theteacherscorner) choose rectangle/square; size (up to 50×75); corridor thickness; add your title and instructions.
- Mazes (mazegenerator) choose your shape – rectangle, circle, triangle, hexagon; size (up to 200×200); choose the style of the inner cells.
- Mazes (glassgiant) choose your size (up to 40×40); difficulty level; background and foreground colours.
- Mazes (allkidsnetwork) choose your difficulty level, maze size (up to 120), whether you want a solution, simple or artistic style, page size.
- Mazes (theteacherscorner) add your title, instructions, width of lanes, number of rows and columns.
- Word Search (discoveryeducation) choose your size (up to 40×40 letters); shape – square/rectangle; add a 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 (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 (abcya) add your title and a list of up to 15 words.
- Word Search (teach-nology) add your title, then up to 20 words.
- Word Search (superkids) select grid height and width (up to 30×30) and a list of your words.
- Word Search (thewordsearch) add your title, description, word list (10-30 words).
- Word Search (puzzlefast) choose your title, add your puzzle items and clues.
- Word Search (puzzle-maker) enter your puzzle words, clues, title, subtitle.
- Word Search (toolsforeducators) choose your puzzle words, add hints, choose uppercase or lowercase, direction of words, font, grid size.
- Word Search (theteacherscorner) add your title, instructions, list of words, rows and columns, grid style, language, direction of words, fonts.
- Word Search (edcreate) Enter your title, number of rows and columns, the direction you want your words to go (e.g. diagonally), uppercase or lowercase, add your puzzle words.
- Word Search (superteacherworksheets) enter your difficulty level, title, uppercase or lowercase, up to 20 words.
- Word Search (edhelper) choose your grade level, title, and list of words; Word Search with Clues up to 50 words; add your title, instructions, theme, words and clues up to 50 words, whether you want different versions of it, difficulty level; Word Search Maze up to 50 words.
- Draw your own Word Search using this free printable graph paper.
- 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; the size of your squares; then enter your words and clues
- Crossword (atozteacherstuff) choose your title, then enter your words and clues.
- Crossword (abcya) choose your title, then enter up to 8 words and clues.
- Crossword (puzzle-maker) enter your puzzle words, clues, title, subtitle, then click ‘create puzzle’.
- Crossword (toolsforeducators) enter up to 20 words and hints, choose your font, then click ‘get crossword’.
- Crossword (puzzlefast) choose your title, add your puzzle words and clues, then click ‘make my puzzle’.
- Crossword (theteacherscorner) add your title, instructions, up to 30 words and clues, font, direction of words.
- Crossword (edhelper) choose grade level, then enter up to 30 words and clues.
- Draw your own crossword using this free printable graph paper.
- 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.
- Word Scramble (superkids) Enter your words, a title, hint.
- Word Scramble (theteacherscorner) add your title, instructions, enter up to 20 words, font.
- Word Scramble (teach-nology) enter your title, and anywhere up to 999 words.
- Word Scramble (puzzlefast) choose your title, add your puzzle items and clues, then click ‘make my puzzle’.
- 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;
- Cryptogram (discoveryeducation) make your own cryptogram to decode your text; give your solver a head start if you wish.
- Cryptogram (rinkworks) Type the Bible verse or sentence you wish to convert into a cryptogram, then click submit.
TURN ANY COLOURING PAGE INTO A PUZZLE
- 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 words or conquer 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.
- BIBLE VERSE PUZZLE Taking the above puzzle idea as your format, scatter the words of a favourite 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 theme. For a boy theme ~ find a Bible verse about courage or Godly character. 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.
- HIDDEN MESSAGE (discoveryeducation) a word search with a hidden message; great for Bible verses
- DOUBLE PUZZLES (discoveryeducation) Double Puzzles have scrambled letters and then 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) use fallen phrases to 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).
- MATCHING PUZZLE (puzzlefast) Matching Puzzle choose your title, add your puzzle items and clues, then click ‘make my puzzle’.
- MATCH-UP PUZZLE (theteacherscorner) Match-up puzzle add your title, instructions, up to 20 words, font.
- FILL IN THE BLANK PUZZLE (theteacherscorner) Fill in the blank puzzle add your title, instructions, up to 15 short Bible verses or sentences, choose your font. Removed words will appear in a word bank.
- COPYWORK WORKSHEETS perfect to learn Bible verses (scroll down to ‘Bible verse copywork for kids’).
- HANDWRITING WORKSHEETS (atozteacherstuff) Make your own Handwriting worksheets for your child; each page has up to 17 characters; great for snippets of Bible verses.
- WRITE A STORY (printablepaper) using one of these free printable blank storyboard templates.
- WORD SHAPES WORKSHEETS (atozteacherstuff) Make your own printable word shapes worksheets for spelling lists, 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 poster. Simply print out your poster then cut it up into pieces of difficulty for your child or mark out your puzzle pieces using one of these free templates. 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 (or pop sticks for your homeschool or Sunday school students) and cut it 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.
- SECRET CODE PUZZLE Make your own secret code puzzle. Enter your message, answer, and title.
- CODE WORD PUZZLE Make your own code word puzzle. Enter your word list (up to 50 words).
- SPELLING SUDOKU Make your own spelling sudoku puzzle. Enter your word list (up to 50 words).
- SUDOKU Make your own sudoku puzzle using 4×4, 6×6, or 9×9 grids.
- SUDOKU Make your own sudoku puzzle using 9×9 grids; or sudoku puzzle using 4×4, 9×9, or 16×16 grids.
- Draw your own Sudoku using free printable graph paper.
EXTRA JAZZ FOR YOUR PUZZLES ~ FOR THE TRULY ADVENTUROUS
When you’re finished, jazz it up and make your puzzle even more FUN!
- 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.
- 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 find his friend.”
- CLIP ART Add some clip art that 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.
- 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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