Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles—we’ve got puzzles galore,
Like Word Searches, Crosswords, Junk Drawers, and so much more.
And for an added plus, as you solve them one by one,
You’ll give your brain a workout while you’re having fun.
Tip for Solving Puzzles as a Group Activity
Many of the puzzles are in landscape format and can be shown on a widescreen TV. (If you are unsure how to do this, please see this useful guide for instructions.)
To actually solve a puzzle on a widescreen TV, here are a couple of options:
- Connect an iPad to a widescreen TV and use a PDF-editing app to write on the puzzle on the iPad. A mirror image of the puzzle will be shown on the television.
- Connect an iPad to a projector and project the puzzle onto a whiteboard. Use a marker to write on the projected puzzle for everyone to see!
August IQ – a quiz about the month
Famous August Birthdays – word search
Searching for August – word search
Searching for August (Búsqueda de Agosto) – word search
Garage Sale – crossword
Garage Sale (Venta de Garaje) – crossword
Road Trip – crossword
Halle Berry – word search
A Perfect Panini – word search
A Perfect Panini (Un Panini Perfecto) – word search
Bring in the Clowns – word search
Mixed-Up Gemstones – word unscramble
Beautful Birthstones – picture matching
Beautiful Birthstones (Hermosa Piedras de Nacimiento) – picture matching
Matching Soup Cans – picture matching
Rocks Categories – category puzzle
Trail Categories – category puzzle
Word Web – word building
Popsicle Stck Mining – word mining
Home Canning – matching puzzle
Common Endings – fill-in-the-blank
What a “Deal” – fill-in-the-blank
At the Fair – word fit
At the Fair (En la Feria) – word fit
A-Mazing Cactus – easier maze
A-Mazing Paper Boat – challenging maze
Monthly Theme Puzzles
Visitng India – crossword
Indian-Themed Movies – word search
Mixed-Up Indian Food – word unscramble
India – word search
Spelling GOLDEN TEMPLE – crossword
Junk Drawer Detective
Remember those "Where's Waldo" puzzles? Well, searching for something in a junk drawer can be almost as challenging. Below are two puzzle to solve, and the things to look for are in the form of a poem.
- Click on the images and print copies to pass out. (There is a large picture on the first page of the printout and a poem on the second page.) Then see who can find all of the things mentioned in the poem that are in bold print. We purposely didn't include the answers to the detective puzzles, because true detectives never have mysteries solved for them.
- Show the image on your widescreen TV. Then read the poem and pause for the group to locate the items. If you already know how to connect your computer to your TV, great! If you haven't done this before, check out this handy guide, which explains the common ways of connecting a computer to a TV or projector. Unfortunately, this is not something everyone can do, and there may be some wires or cables you will need to acquire. If you run into any problems, you may need to have someone at your facility take a look.
See this month's EZ Does It page for an easier version of "Junk Drawer Detective."
Connect the Dots for Extra Fun!
Click on the image and print the pictures. Follow the directions on each picture to connect the dots and reveal a surprise. One is easy, and the other one is more difficult. Pictures of the solutions are included.
Dot-to-dot pictures are not just for kids. There are adult dot-to-dot books available that are quite challenging. We will be bringing you more pictures in the months to come.
We're all big fans of dot-to-dot.
We don't just like it—
We like it a lot!
And if you think it's silly,
Well, it's not.
Because we're all big fans of dot-to-dot!
- Before connecting the dots, play a guessing game to see who can guess what the picture will be.
- Once the dots are connected, color the picture.
- Try making your own dot-to-dot pictures. It's not as easy as it looks!
Picture It – What’s Wrong with This Picture?
Indian Jigsaw Puzzle
Click on the image to print this month's jigsaw puzzle. You will find THREE different images (about 2-4mb each)—one straight-line puzzle, one puzzle with traditional puzzle shapes, and an image without lines.
For an easier puzzle, print the blank image (the one without lines) and cut it into a few large pieces. For a more challenging puzzle, cut the blank image into many small pieces or use decorative-edged scissors to make the pieces more difficult to fit together.
Tip: Print the puzzles on 8.5" X 11" card stock paper. For a larger puzzle, enlarge the image on a copy machine. For a heavier puzzle, glue the image onto a piece of poster board. Cut along the lines (using a craft knife) and your puzzle is ready to go.