This post is an expansion of another popular blog post– 50 Things to Put in a Notebook . I take the items on that long list and give more information about each one. Today’s focus is puzzles.
Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook: #5 Puzzles
Puzzles are a fun addition to a study and can be used as a review or wrap up activity. Generally puzzles use the vocabulary from a topic of study, so they are good for children who enjoy word play. Besides crossword puzzles, word searches, and scrambled words, there are acrostics and anagrams.
Printed Puzzles for Homeschool Notebooks
Of course, there are loads of places to find free printable puzzles online as well. If you have a printer, you can have dozens of relevant puzzles in just minutes. Here are a few good sites:
- Puzzlemaker (create custom puzzles online)
- TLS Books science pages (mostly animals)
- The Science Spot (PDF puzzles for all of the sciences)
To find the best puzzles, use a good search engine, and enter the type of puzzle you want (word search, scrambled letters, or crossword, for example) plus the topic you are studying. The word printable is useful too; otherwise you may find online puzzles that aren’t helpful for notebooking.
Personalize the printed puzzles by encouraging your child to illustrate it or make notes around it.
Homemade Puzzles for Homeschool Notebooks
Even better than pre-printed puzzles is having your child make the puzzles himself. To create a puzzle requires a careful analysis of words, planning of a layout, and then carrying through with creative expression.
Use these puzzle making helps:
Storing Puzzles in Your Notebooks
One page puzzles can be hole punched or placed into a page protector. Puzzles with pieces can be stored in ziplock bags or envelope pockets.
If you have ever found your notebooks growing boring, just stay tuned to this series as you see how varied they can be. There are at least fifty different ways!