Welcome to The Puzzle Den.  I started this blog so that I could share my love of puzzles with all of you!  I believe that puzzles are an invaluable educational tool as well as a whole lot of fun!  So through this blog, I hope to offer useful tips on using puzzles in education.  I also want to share with you the plethora of puzzles that leak out of my brain.

You'll find a lot of free puzzles here on the blog, but you can find more puzzles at my Teachers Pay Teachers store also called The Puzzle Den.  For the store I write math practice puzzles and holiday themed puzzles.

A little about me:  I am a homeschool mom with 2 kids.  I've been on this journey for 7 years now and enjoying it very much!  I graduated from college in 1995 with a BA in Math and Computer Science from VA Wesleyan College.  I worked in No VA for 5 years as a Software Engineer until I decided to stay home with my kids.  As much as I adore my kids and love teaching them, I look forward to returning to school and the nine-to-five grind someday.  But for now, I teach and learn with my kids and I write puzzles!  Every day is an adventure!


Marina Calado said...

I'm a french teacher of English.
I find your word compass puzzle extremely interesting but could you tell me how you built them because I can't find a site where to generate some.
Thanks a lot for your help.

Les Vrolyk said...

Hi Marina,
I generate all my puzzles with pencil and paper! Then I use Photoshop to format them for publication. I am not aware of any generator that can create a Word Compass style puzzle. I know that there are word search and crossword generators out there...oh, and sudoku. You would have to create and format other types of puzzles yourself. It is a lot of work, but once you have created the framework, you can use that as a template. I hope this helps and good luck creating your own Word Compass puzzles!