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Today's free puzzle is a Giant Letter B!  It's a word search filled with words starting with the letter 'B'.  These letter word searches are packed with words, so they are most appropriate for upper elementary and beyond. 

Pair this puzzle with some tongue twisters for a great activity for early finishers or a time filler between lessons.  Here's a tongue twister my mom taught me that is filled with 'B' words:

The big black bear bled black blood on the bare barn floor!

Maybe not totally appropriate for all students, especially the animal lovers who might wonder what happened to the bear.  So find more 'B' tongue twisters on the School Jokes website.

Click on the picture above, or here, to download this word search.  I've included answers on the second page of this downloadable pdf file.

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I am currently working on Christmas Puzzle Mini-books for grades K-6.  I have finished grades K-3 so far, and you can find them for sale in my TpT store.  Grade 4 should be out this afternoon and grades 5 & 6 are half way there. 


The mini-books for all the grades except Kindergarten include a Kriss Kross puzzle.  (For the younger grades, these puzzles are a little different as each grid gets its own word list.  That makes them easier to solve.)  I got carried away creating these little Kriss Kross grids and had a bunch left over, so I used them to create a free puzzle page!

The word list contains all the words that you will need to place in the grids.  The dark shaded spaces are where you should enter a Christmas related word for each grid.  So the challenge is to figure out which words are Christmas related and then figure out which grid to put them in!  For the page above, there are 2 6-letter-word grids, 2 7-letter-word grids, and 1 9-letter-word grid.  One way to get solving is to count the number of letters in the words in the word list, then you will know which grids they are more likely to belong to.  I have provided a couple of letter clues in 2 of the grids for additional help.

I'm thinking that older elementary students and teens will enjoy this free puzzle.  You can find the answers here.

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My daughter is 15 this year, but we still read bedtime stories.  Not every night, but at least 3 or 4 times a week.  (Life is busier than it used to be!)  But instead of picture books or chapter books read out loud by me, we now listen to audio books.  This helps to save my voice, but also allows to me enjoy the stories a little more too.

We recently listened to books 1 to 3 of the Gryphon Chronicles by EG Foley.  These are fun adventures, but are definitely a bit young, more for the older elementary school age.  We also listened to Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.  This was a fantastic book and we were eager for book 2, but it is not out yet.  So we started another series by the same author called Binti.  We are enchanted by these reads!  I would say Akata Witch is for middle school readers and Binti is for high school and beyond.  These books are filled with myths, legends and traditions of Africa.

So while we listen to bedtime stories, we also do other activities.  I've written about this before here on the blog, but it is one of my favorite ways to spend time with my kids, so I like talking about it.  Although Jack doesn't join us anymore, but he's 17 and cranky!  :-(


Querkles are a color-by-number style of coloring book.  For each page, you pick five colors in a range of dark to light.  We tried different colors a couple of times, but those didn't turn out very well.  Picking different shades of the same color works best for these, and black is usually a decent choice for the darkest color.


Here are some of our favorite results!  You don't know what you will be coloring in before hand.  It is a mystery!  Most of the coloring pages are composed of overlapping circles, of which you color the numbered bits.  Querkles describe themselves as "A Puzzling Color-By-Number Book".  We enjoy this type of coloring more than the regular coloring books.  It is fun to "discover" what you are coloring about half way to the end!


Some of these pages take a couple nights of coloring to finish, and others are pretty simple and we can whip them out in one night.  Of course, if we are at a really interesting part of whatever audio book we are listening too, then we are more motivated to color for longer!


And when our hands get tired from coloring, we sometimes give dot-to-dot books a go.  We found these Extreme Dot-to-Dot books from Mindware to be challenging, but not confusing.  (We have another dot-to-dot book that has line that cross each other and that is rather befuddling at times!)


You can probably tell that we rather enjoy the animal themed books.  For these dot-to-dot we used gel pens (and sometimes glitter gel pens)!  For pages with separate puzzles on each side, we each work on our own page.  But there are several 2 pages spreads in these books, so we each pick a different color pen and get to work.  Generally we stay on one side to keep out of each others way, but sometimes we stray onto to other side too.  It makes for a unique outcome!

You can find out about some of the other activity books we have worked on in these previous blog posts.  (If you are looking for ideas of things you can do with your kids, I highly recommend listening to stories and coloring!)

Kaleidoscope Sticker Mosaic Book
Stargazing Dot-to-Dot Book

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Christmas is coming!  Only 2 more days until December 1st.  Here's a puzzle to get the celebrations started!

In this puzzle, you will find clues to Christmas or winter related words in the first column.  It is your job to figure out the word, then rearrange those letters to find a new word that answers the clue in the second column.  The rearranging of letter is the "transformation" part of the puzzle. 

These are appropriate for older solvers as some of the clues might be a bit difficult.  Click on the picture above or here to download the puzzle.  Click here for the answers.

Happy Holidays!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Fill In - Easy Version

No new puzzles today, but just a reminder of all the free puzzles that already exist here on The Puzzle Den blog.  Click on the pictures to download them from Google Drive.


Thanksgiving Turkey Fill In - Hard Version


Fall Code Breaker (includes fall and thanksgiving related words)


Thanksgiving Coloring - Addition


Thanksgiving Coloring - Subtraction

Click here to see an older blog post with 7 additional puzzles!

You can also click on the "Freebies" tab, scroll down to the "Holiday Themed" list and click "Thanksgiving Puzzles" to see all the puzzles at once.

Have a yummy turkey day!

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Here are some free rebus puzzles to celebrate Veterans Day.  Print them off quick, as this day of honoring our service members is less than a week away!

You can download the easier version by clicking on the picture above.  And download a harder version by clicking on the picture below.


Easy answers are here and hard answers are here.

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Here's a free puzzle that can be used for Fall or Thanksgiving!  Click on the picture to download the puzzle.  This type of puzzle is most suited to early elementary aged students.

You can find answers here.

I make these puzzle using Doodle Fonts which were created by Krista Wallden of Creative Clips.  These fonts make it quick and easy to encode some themed words.  They are a little pricey, but if you want to make these types of puzzles for your students, they are well worth the cost, and I highly recommend them!

Happy Fall to All!

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Here is another crytpo-style Halloween puzzle, but this one is for the younger solvers!  All the words on this page have been encoded using the chart shown at the top of the page.  Students will use the chart to decode those words.  This gives them practice with image recognition and spelling. 

You can download the puzzle by clicking on the image above or here.  And you can download the answers here.  If you encounter problems downloading, try downloading from your home computer.  Many schools block downloads from Google Drive on their networks.

If you are looking for puzzles for older kids, try these Crypto-Families.

I have more Halloween themed puzzles on my Halloween Freebies page.  Check it out!

I hope your kids enjoy this puzzle!

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Halloween is only 3 days away!  Here is another free puzzle to help you celebrate this spooky holiday!  (Just click on the picture or here to download and click here for solutions.)

Crypto-Families are lists of related words that have been encoded using a simple substitution.   This means that each letter of the alphabet has been replaced with a different letter of the alphabet.  It's your job as solvers to crack the code! 

These puzzles can be difficult to solve.  There are several clues provided for each of the families.  The first clue is the title of the family.  For instance, the first family is called "Candy" and so you should expect each family member to be a type of candy.  The second clue is the picture next to the title.  This is a hint to what the first word is!  (All but the last family have a picture.)  And the last clue is a hint at the bottom of each list giving the answer to one of the letter substitutions.  Try not to use this hint unless you get stuck!


I also created this chart for decoding crypto-style puzzles.  You can print off and provide them to your students along with the puzzles.  Each chart should be used for one family.  Students can write in their substitutions as they figure them out.  This page could also be used for encyphering your own codes and creating your own crypto puzzles or secret messagesv!

Since this puzzle best for older solvers, tomorrow I'll post a code style puzzle for the younger lot.

Happy Halloween!

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Only two more weeks until Halloween and time for some new free puzzles!

I've had a request for more rebus puzzles, and since I didn't have any Halloween ones, that seemed like a good idea.  You can download the one above from Google Drive by clicking on the picture, or here.  This one has easier puzzles.  These are pictures that I think younger kids can identify and spell easily enough.


And you can click on this picture, or here, to download the harder version.  This level has more puzzles to solve and harder pictures to figure out.  Is is a gasoline can, just can, or just gas?  This particular puzzle page includes an opposite picture and a 2 word rebus! 

You may want to give younger kids the easier version and older kids the harder version.  You can also give the easier page as a warm-up to the harder page. 

Download the answer keys here.

Here are some puzzles for you to try to see if you like them!



Happy Halloween!

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