Free Puzzles to Print for Kids

By Jody Wilber
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Puzzles are both educational and enjoyable activities that kids can work on at school or at home. Puzzles help kids to build up their vocabulary and recognize the spelling of various words. Free puzzles to print for kids can be found at several educational and commercial sites online. You can also choose to make your own puzzles for homework practice and print these out to study.

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles focus on vocabulary and spelling skills while allowing kids to have fun solving a puzzle. Many online crossword puzzles such as the Valentines puzzle found at The Kidz Page can be solved online or printed out for use at home or in the classroom. ABC Teach offers a variety of printable crossword puzzles that include animal themes, holiday themes and number and letter themes. These crossword puzzles vary in difficulty to address all age ranges.

Holiday Puzzles

Holidays are a great time to find printable puzzles online. Help children to learn about holidays while they celebrate by completing crossword puzzles, word searches and mazes. Kaboose offers several holiday puzzles of varying difficulty for holiday fun. Enjoy a Christmas word search or a crossword puzzle on St. Patrick's Day. The website Family Education has several holiday puzzles to choose from. For example, try a Thanksgiving word search or an Easter maze.

Word Search Puzzles

Word search puzzles usually consist of mixed up letters that spell a given list of words. Word search puzzles are good for teaching spelling and word recognition. The Puzzle Club has a variety of free word search printables. For younger kids, they offer word searches on the family and home to help kids become familiar with everyday vocabulary such as washer and refrigerator. For older kids, word searches are more complicated and focus on events outside the home such as shopping.

Puzzle Generators

If you need a puzzle for a certain occasion and just can't find what you are looking for, or if you want a puzzle that utilizes your own list of words try a puzzle generator. Discovery allows you to create your own crossword puzzles, word searches, mazes and more. Simply choose the type of puzzle you would like to make and then enter in the words you would like to see in the puzzle. This is a great way to help children practice weekly spelling words.

About the Author

Based in Las Vegas, Jody Wilber has been freelance writing since 2004. Her articles have appeared in "Christianity Today," "The Upper Room" and "The Review Journal." She is formally a high-school English and journalism teacher. She graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to achieve her Master in Education from Sierra Nevada College.