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Back to School Puzzles

Free Puzzles and Games that Help Teach


Here's a fun way for kids to ease into the start of the new school year. These back-to-school puzzles and games will help students acquire vocabulary and increase their understanding of various subjects studied in a classroom setting.

Crosswords for Kids

Crosswords are a great way to develop vocabulary skills and have fun, too! These free word puzzles range from very easy crossword puzzles for beginners to quite challenging word puzzles for older children. These word games can be played online or printed for solving at home or in the classroom. Puzzle themes include the holidays, animals, The Bible, the four seasons and other topics of interest.

To purchase crossword puzzle books for your youngster online, check out Kids' Crossword Puzzle Books for a list of books appropriate for young solvers or Everything Kids' Puzzle Books for themed puzzles on pirates, cars and trucks, dinosaurs, animals, bugs, the Bible, geography, history and many other subjects of interest to young puzzlers.

Geography Puzzles

Ever since London mapmaker and engraver John Spilsbury pasted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood and cut it into small pieces with a marquetry saw (circa 1760), jigsaw puzzles have been used as a tool to teach children geography. Today, they are still a fun way for kids to learn more about their own country as well as the nations of the world. Try these free online jigsaw puzzles, geography quizzes and word games for a fun way to help students master the notions of U.S. and world geography.

Piecing together map jigsaw puzzles offline is an excellent way for young children to develop hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. Consult our listing of World Geography Jigsaw Puzzles to learn more.

Math Puzzles

Improve your math skills with these free online math puzzles and games or print out a customizable math worksheet to test your knowledge of numbers.

Word Search Puzzles for Kids

Word search games are an excellent way to learn new words and reinforce vocabulary, either in one's mother tongue or as a tool to learn a foreign language. These word search puzzles range from very easy for beginners to quite challenging for older children. These fun word games can be played online or printed for classroom solving.

Online Word Search Puzzle Generators

Word search puzzles are a good way for kids to learn new words and improve their spelling. The sites listed here offer free word search puzzle generators that you can use to create customized word search puzzles for educational purposes or just for fun.

Holiday Puzzles for Kids

Celebrate the holidays with these free crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, word search puzzles, mazes and games. Major North American holidays are featured here, as well as others that are celebrated in other parts of the world.

Foreign Language Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles are a useful tool in second-language learning as they help students expand their vocabulary, retain new words, and practice spelling. Here, you'll find foreign language crossword puzzles for all ages and levels of ability.

Foreign Language Word Search Games

Looking for a fun way to build your second-language vocabulary? Try these word search games for a fun way to discover new words and practice your spelling.
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