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Make Your Own Puzzles for Students of All Ages

Updated on February 9, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

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If you are a teacher or homeschooling parent that works with kids of any age, there is a wonderful website which will help you make your own word and math puzzles. The site allows teachers or students to create their own words puzzles or Math puzzles. This is a fantastic resource for teachers of elementary students, Sunday School students, and even teachers of Adult Education students. These puzzles are a creative and fun way to help students learn whatever subject is being taught in a way that encourages independent thinking.

The website is set up with such easy to follow directions that students themselves can make up their own puzzles, which is great for homework assignments or extra credit possibilities. The word puzzles require a title and words that need to be put into the puzzle. Once the words and title are chosen, the user clicks a bar that says, 'Create My Puzzle, " and in a matter of seconds, the puzzle appears and can be printed off.

The website is set up with such easy to follow directions that students themselves can make up their own puzzles, which is great for homework assignments or extra credit possibilities. The word puzzles require a title and words that need to be put into the puzzle. Once the words and title are chosen, the user clicks a bar that says, 'Create My Puzzle, " and in a matter of seconds, the puzzle appears and can be printed off.

The website offers the following types of puzzles:

Word Search: The user lists various words, and they are made into a word search. Puzzle solvers have to search a large block filled with mixed up letters to search for the hidden words.

Criss Cross: This is actually a small crossword puzzle. The clues are listed at the bottom of the squares.

Double Puzzles: The user picks a phrase to be scrambled in boxes, and then the puzzle solver has to unscramble the words and put them in boxes below to make a sentence.

Fallen Phrases: This puzzle shows the spaces for a phrase. The letters are right below the column in which they will fit but jumbled up.

Math Squares: Math Problems.

Mazes: The puzzle creator can pick the shape that they want to have the maze end up in, either square, rectangle, circle, etc.

Letter Tiles: The user picks a phrase to be scrambled in boxes, and then the puzzle solver has to unscramble the words and put them in boxes below to make a sentence.

Cryptogram: The puzzle creator changes each letter in you've given to another letter in the alphabet so that the new clues are illegible.

Number Blocks: This is a block puzzle where some of the numbers are listed, and some are missing. The missing numbers are digits between 0 and 9.The numbers in each row add up to totals to the right of the puzzle. The numbers in each column add up to the totals along the bottom.The diagonal lines also add up the totals to the right.

Hidden Message: This is like a word search except that each word belongs to a secret message and there are blanks at the bottom to fill in the secret message once they are found.

Puzzlemaker is a wonderful free website that is available to anyone who wants to use it. It is particularly helpful to public and private school teachers, substitute teachers, home daycare providers, homeschooling parents, summer camp staff, Sunday school teachers, Vacation Bible School teachers and even babysitters looking for something fun to do with the children they provide care for.

There are also three pre-made puzzles to take, and areas for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. It's hard to believe this service is free, but it is and I love it!


Here is a video from Youtube on how to make a crossword puzzle using this site. They call it a crisscross puzzle. I couldn't get the sound to work but it shows

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      I am happy to have shared some new information that you hadn't heard of before. I think I originally found it by wondering the same thing as you, and googling "make your own puzzles."

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      thanks for the information on the puzzlemaker site. I have often wondered if there was such a place to make puzzles.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      donnah75, kj Force, and billybuc,

      Thanks for reading and commenting everyone. Seems like a lot of people may know about this site, but hopefully some hub readers will discover it for the first time and enjoy it. I loved playing around with it and making puzzles for the Career Center at the high school I worked at. It's as much fun to create the puzzles as it is to complete them!

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      kjforce 

      6 years ago from Florida

      My G-children and I discovered this site and have used it several tim.es...

      I volunteer at the school one day a week and Number Block was their favourite one so far...for an extra special Mother's Day the class did a photo pic as a puzzle for each mother..in a fancy small gift box from the dollar store...everyone loved it...just an idea..thanks for sharing the site info..well written hub...

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've actually used this site and my students enjoyed it as well. Great hub filled with useful information.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      This is one of my favorite sites. I use it all the time to create bell-ringers with vocabulary words in my classroom. I also create review puzzles before quizzes as a study guide. Great idea for a hub to spread the word about this great site. Voted up and useful.

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