Free Printable Puzzle Games

I absolutely love puzzle games. The first thing I do when I find out we're going on some kind of trip is go to the store and buy a "variety puzzles" magazine. Maybe it's because I feel like a detective or when I solve something after a long hard struggle I think I'm a genius. Whatever the reason, solving these puzzles are quite satisfying. I think most kids enjoy them as well. They are great for school and home as free time activities, or even part of school lessons. They encourage creative thinking and logical deduction problem solving. They also work great as cooperative learning activities.

Take a look at all the fun activities I've provided below and hopefully there will be something you and your students will enjoy. Hopefully you'll love figuring them out as much as I have enjoyed creating them all! All are printable and ready to use in the classroom or at home.

For more fun activities, Check out my Doodle Activity eBooks!  These books are filled with a fun mix of coloring pages and puzzle games.  Free to download and print!

Blooper Search
There is something strange going on in these pictures. Can you find all the things that don't fit?

Discovery Pictures
See how many hidden objects you can find in these fun seek and find worksheets!

Complete the Story - Mad Libs
Do y'all remember these? Get together friends and see how funny your stories are.

Word Searches
Give one to everyone in your group and see who can finish first!

I have always loved puzzle games. I'd much rather be spending time with my old, torn-up "variety puzzle" book than in front of a video game. Even today I love doing logic problems. I hardly ever am able to solve one without looking in the back for a hint, but I love them just the same.

I found that my students love these games too. In our free time we do crosswords, mazes, hidden pictures, and even soduko puzzles. I'd tie their spelling words each week into a word search which they enjoyed very much. I found that even the kids who struggled more in class really lit up when they completed a puzzle. They were having fun, but still had to use their own thinking skills to complete the puzzle. There are such a variety of them too, offering something fun and challenging for most everyone.

I believe these are perfect to enhance creative thinking and problem solving. It gives children a chance to use their brains differently and "outside the box." They may seem like just fun free time activities, but I really think that puzzle games keep the brain active and encourage exploration of different problem solving methods.

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