Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mazes at the World Market

Ginny and I had some extra time on Friday while Jack was in his 3D History class at Compass (our homeschool co-op).  We wondered into a store called World Market, which we thought would be a grocery store with interesting goods from around the world.  We were quite surprised to find that it is actually a home deco store...with a small grocery section too!

But what was most fun was finding some cute little mazes for sale.  The first one was a little cube maze with a tiny ball in it.  Apparently it is multi-functional as it is also a stamp.  I'm guessing that the stamp will be of a kitty for this one.

The second one we found was a beautiful circular wooden maze.  There were 4 ball bearings inside, and it seems like the goal is to get all the balls into the center circle.  It was very well made.

So we went into the shop looking for food and we found puzzles!  Couldn't have been a better day!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Free Halloween Ghost Puzzle

 The Puzzle Den - Halloween Ghost Fill In

Halloween is such a fun time of year!  It rather lends itself to cool puzzles with all the creepy, ghoulish critters and activities.

So to celebrate this awesome holiday just a little bit more, here's a puzzle in the shape of a ghost.  It shouldn't be too hard even for younger grades.

Just click on the picture above to download the puzzle from google drive.  If you need the answers, click here.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spider Word Search

 The Puzzle Den - Spider Word Search
Here's another free puzzle to help you celebrate Halloween!  This puzzle would also be a great activity to add to your study of spiders for science class.  It doesn't actually mention Halloween, and focuses on the names of the many different types of spiders around the world.

I hope this puzzle isn't too creepy for your students!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Halloween Monster Word Search

Halloween Monster Word Search from The Puzzle Den
Halloween is right around the corner!  Start celebrating with your students by downloading and printing this creepy word search for them.  Just click on the picture to download from Google Drive.

Happy Halloween!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Coggy from Fat Brain Toys

Get your mental gears spinning!

Coggy is a mechanical puzzle published by Fat Brain Toys.  In the box, you get the puzzle and a challenge book.  The puzzle itself consists of 16 interlocked gears.  Each gear can spin up to 255 degrees (according to their website) around its adjacent gears.  One side of Coggy features colorful gears and the other side shows the gears in black and white.

The black and white side:

The colorful side:

And the challenge book:

The first page of the challenge book gives brief instructions and is followed by 40 puzzle challenges ranging from E (easy) to xH (extra Hard).

Play is quite simple.  Pick a challenge, then twist and turn Coggy until it matches the challenge picture.

Color and B/W challenges are intermixed in the book.  Colorful challenges only show placement of a few of the gears.  The empty white circles can be filled with any color gear.  The colorful gears come in 8 different colors, but with 2 different styles for each color.  There is a solid gear and an wheel style gear for each color.  So watch out when you work on the color puzzles as the style/color is specific in each challenge!

Another note about the colors:  I had a bit of trouble telling the dark blue from the black on some of these challenges.  And when there is only light blue shown, I sometimes assumed it was the dark blue (there being no other blue to compare it to).  Anyhow, that could just be me and my middle aged eyes!

So how fun is Coggy?  I'd definitely give it two thumbs up!  Jack (16) picks it up and plays with it often.  He's very good at solving the challenges.  Ginny (14) and I (47) think they are all pretty easy too.  The bottom line is that there are many solutions to each of the challenges, so finding just one is (usually) quite simple.  Even with the extra hard challenges!

Coggy Answer Key

But just in case you have gotten stuck on any of the levels, we have come up with a Coggy Answer Key that you can download.  (Just click on the picture above or HERE.)  We show one solution per level, but we're pretty sure you can find lots of answers per challenge.

Coggy claims to double as a "great fidget toy" and I think they may be right.  I'd much rather see kids fidgeting with Coggy than those silly spinners any day.  After all, they might actually learn something while playing with Coggy.

Coggy also says its a "great travel toy".  It is definitely portable.  The challenge book is sturdy and the pages are clamped together with a plastic screw.  You could lose Coggy or the book, but at least there are only 2 things to keep track of.

Coggy really is a fun little mechanical puzzle.  We think it holds up well to quite a lot of spinning and manipulating.  And because the challenges aren't all that challenging, we totally recommend this for younger puzzle solvers.  Fat Brain Toys recommends 6 and up.  I'm pretty sure 6 year olds could conquer this or at least have a lot of fun creating cool shapes of their own.

Happy puzzling!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Compass Rose Mazes and Back To School Sale

The Puzzle Den Compass Rose Maze #1

Today I have a treat for maze lovers!  It's a Compass Rose Maze.  The idea is that you have to follow the directions on the compass rose in each square to know which way to proceed to the next square.  Compass Rose #1 is pretty easy.

The Puzzle Den Compass Rose #2

Compass Rose #2 is a bit harder.  Just click on each image to download or print the puzzles.

So while these mazes don't end up being all that hard, it is a bit of a novelty to your standard mazes.  I hope you and your kids enjoy them!

And FYI, Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting their annual Back To School sale.  Everything in my store is automatically 20% off for August 1st and 2nd.  If you use the code BTS2017 you get an additional 5% off your order!

TPT Back to School Sale 2017

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Monday, May 8, 2017

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale & Crypto-Dinos

Crypto-Dinos Multipliction & Division

Crypto-Dinos Fraction Multiplication and Division Puzzles are now available in my TpT store!  You get 12 awesome dino puzzles your kids will love solving while they also practice their fraction operations!

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale

 This pack is only $4.00, but on May 9th and 10th, you can get them for 28% off!  TpT is having a teacher appreciation sale!  All items in my store are 20% off.  You can get the additional 8% by using the code "THANKYOU17". 

Crypto-Dinos Addtion & Subtraction

And if you don't already own them, grab a copy of Crypto-Dinos Fraction Addition and Subtraction during the sale too!  (I will be adding 2 bonus puzzles to this pack shortly, so grab it while it's still only $3.00!)

Have a great time shopping!

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Dinosaur Fill In - Free Puzzle

The Puzzle Den - Free Dinosaur Fill In Puzzle

My brain has been overrun by dinosaurs!  I've been working on more Crypto-Dinos for my TpT store and have been living and breathing dinosaur facts!  So to welcome in the next set of Crypto-Dinos (which will be finished this week), I've come up with a free Fill In style puzzle for your students.  It's crammed full of dinosaur names!  The grey squares contain words related to dinosaur features or characteristics.  These squares are hints which will help your kids fill in this Giganotosaurus-sized puzzle a little more easily.  Just click on the picture above to download the grid.

Then click on the word lists picture below to download those.

The Puzzle Den - Dinosaur Fill In Word Lists

If you need some help, you can download the answers here.

Have a roaring good time solving this one!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Free Earth Day Rebuses

The Puzzle Den - free Earth Day Rebuses Easy

Two free rebus puzzle pages to help you celebrate Earth Day with your students!  Just click on the pictures to download the puzzles from Google Drive.

The Puzzle Den - free Earth Day Rebuses Hard

If you'd like the answers, click here for Easy and here for Hard.

Happy Earth Day!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free Easter Pixel Art To Color

Easter Pixel Art

Another free Easter themed activity for your students today!  Pixel art is a color-by-code style puzzle.  A very straightforward activity, but the results are cute!

As always, click on the picture above to download from google drive.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Free Easter Picto-Crossword Puzzle

Easter Picto-Crossword

For your Easter puzzling fun ... a free picto-crossword for elementary aged students!  Click the picture to download from google drive.  Once the puzzle appears on your screen, don't forget to click the download arrow in the upper right hand corner to save the puzzle to your computer!

Hoppy Easter!

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