From simple shape puzzles as a toddler to the crossword puzzle in the newspaper as an adult, solving puzzles is an activity that’s fun for everyone. Young children can benefit from puzzles because they help them work on their ability to solve problems, apply reason to find a solution and successfully deduce an answer, according to Barbara White, an educator and author of the article Are Jigsaw Puzzles Educational? White also notes that solving puzzles helps physically with hand/eye coordination. These 21 blogs will provide ways to make your own jigsaw puzzles, as well as supply puzzles where your kids can solve logic and work out brain teasers.
Instead of spending money purchasing jigsaw puzzles at the store – a practice that can get expensive if you only assemble them once – try your hand at making your own puzzles to put together. These seven blogs will provide a variety of ways you can create your own jigsaw puzzles to solve.
- Counting Popsicle Stick Puzzles – Fun Arts and Crafts for Kids Have your kids line up a bunch of popsicles sticks and create a picture. Then mix up the sticks and let them figure out how to put the puzzle back together.
- Online Jigsaw Puzzles Are you and your kids on the go a lot? Let your kids do these online jigsaw puzzles when there’s no room to do a regular puzzle.
- DIY Print, Color & Cut Jigsaw Puzzles Your kids can create their own jigsaw puzzle by printing off the template from this blog post.
- DIY Jigsaw Puzzles Turn your kids’ artwork into a puzzle by mounting it and having them cut it up into random shapes.
- How to Make Jigsaw Puzzles for Kids? Take a look at the puzzle method used on this blog post, which uses texture to create the puzzle lines so as not to distract from the picture.
- Freebie: Cute Printable Jigsaw Puzzles Print out and cut up these printable puzzles for your kids to provide them with a new challenge.
- DIY Magnet Puzzle for Preschoolers If you have preschoolers, they may enjoy trying to solve a puzzle on the refrigerator. All you need to do to create a refrigerator puzzle is magnetize the puzzle pieces.
Logic puzzles like Sudoku are a great way to provide a workout for your brain. These puzzles vary in difficulty, so you can start your kids off with the easy ones and slowly increase the level of difficulty as they master each. Learning to solve these types of puzzles lets your child practice critical thinking and reasoning skills according to Deborah Reynolds, an educator certified in K-12 gifted education. The more puzzles a child works on, the more comfortable he will become with the thought process required for solving puzzles. In these seven blogs you will find a variety of logic puzzles that you can provide for your child.
- Free Sudoku for Kids Puzzles Print out these beginner Sudoku puzzles for your child to start working on solving.
- Logic Puzzles Let your child try some ‘easy’ rated logic puzzles and work his way up to more difficult ones.
- Introducing Tic-Tac-Logic Puzzles: Easy to Start, Hard to Stop If your kids like to play tic-tac-toe, they may be ready to move up to this logic puzzle that’s based on the game.
- Mysterious Benedict Logic Puzzles If you are trying to get your child to read more, you might have him try these puzzles that combine reading and puzzle solving.
- Free Printable Logic Puzzles: Build a Line Let your kids try this puzzle that uses lines and dots.
- Logic Puzzles Print out different logic puzzles for your kids to stretch their thinking, whether they’re in first grade or 12th.
- Lesson 14—Logic Puzzles Try out these math based logic puzzles with your child.
You’ve probably heard people say that you have to think outside of the box to solve a problem. Well, solving brain teasers will train your child’s brain to think outside the box in everything he does, not just when he’s solving a puzzle. Take a look at these seven blogs to find puzzles for you and your kids to try.
- Rebus Puzzles for Kids with Answers Challenge your kids to solve the meaning of these puzzles.
- Printable Kids’ Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers Are your kids tired of receiving lovey dovey notes in their lunch? Why not give them a challenge at lunch with a brain teaser instead?
- Brain Teasers for Kids and Adults. Let’s Do Riddles! Try to solve the riddles and challenge your child’s brain power.
- Monday Brain Teaser Print out this word search for your kids to find the names of famous artists.
- Easy Spelling Brain Teasers with Answers See how spelling and brain teasers come together in these clever puzzles.
- 20 Clever Brain Teasers and Witty Riddles for Kids and Adults Answer these online riddles with your kids, then check your answers.
- 10 More Brain Teaser Questions Sit down with your kids and try to work out these tricky teasers to see whose brain is the quickest.
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