All of us buy some sort of puzzle for our children when they are little and even as they grow. Explore these fun and free puzzles in your homeschool and learn about why puzzles are more than what we think they are.
We know puzzles are beneficial. However, why and how are they beneficial is something we never really venture to find out.
I was curious myself and found some ways that puzzles really make an impact on our children as they grow. From knob puzzles to complex logic puzzles, each has a purpose to move your child along to new levels of knowledge.
According to the article Puzzles: Set the Table for Learning, puzzles can take part in enhancing nearly all areas of childhood development. This includes their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.
NOTE: This article also makes suggestions as to which puzzles are appropriate for a child’s developmental abilities and needs. I found it very useful.
Cognitive skill development and puzzles:
Putting together the pieces to form an image provides an experience for children to practice problem-solving skills. And without even knowing, your child is building the basic groundwork for mathematics by sorting, classifying, comparing, identifying sets, size, and spatial relations of objects.
Physical skill development and puzzles:
Of course, physically as young ones, puzzles make the perfect tools to practice how to grasp objects and fit puzzle pieces together. Children improve hand-eye coordination and fine-motor dexterity (skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands).
Emotional skill development and puzzles:
When children are challenged to complete a task like a puzzle, they understand the sense of accomplishment. They gain confidence in their abilities and are encouraged to persevere in little things. They learn about trusting themselves and develop independence.
Social skill development and puzzles:
When given the opportunity to work on puzzles with family and friends, children learn to control their actions and learn problem-solving skills to work with or compete with others well.
As they see other strategies that work for problem-solving students are encouraged to try new options and think of some on their own. This helps them develop team-building skills and even leadership skills.
Your children can benefit from all this AND have fun while doing so.
Read and learn all about the benefits of using puzzles in your homeschool.
Puzzles Facts & FREE Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Jigsaw puzzle facts for kids | Kids.Kiddle
The truth about puzzles: How they boost kids’ brain development | Board Games for Learning
5 Fun Facts: Puzzling Over Puzzles | Melissa & Doug
Explore these fun and free puzzles to share with your students throughout your school year.
FREE Printable Puzzle Book (Ages 3+) | Craftilifia
Fun FREE Printable Puzzle Games for Boys To Play | Sarah Titus
FREE Bee Puzzle Game | 123KidsFun
4-Piece Vehicle FREE Puzzles | PetitWorlds
Space Visual Perception Puzzle FREE Printable | The OT Toolbox
FREE Picture Puzzles for Kids | Raising Our Kids
Squirrel & Acorn Shape FREE Puzzles | Frogs-and-Fairies
8 FREE Printable Puzzles For Kids: Funny Monsters Jigsaw | For Mommies by Mommy
FREE Make Your Own Puzzle | Crayola
Animal FREE Word Puzzles | Itsy Bitsy Fun
Puzzle Piece Drawing Activity FREE Download | Autism Teaching Strategies
FREE Puzzle Piece Templates 2 (Creative Clips Digital Clipart) | Krista Wallden – Creative Clips
Farm Animals and their Babies Printables FREE Puzzles | 123Homeschool4Me
4 FREE Puzzles and Activities for your ELA or ESL Class | Real Cool English
3 FREE Puzzles to Make Learning the Continents Fun | Books and Giggles
FREE Printable 3d Shape Puzzles | Simply KInder
Magnetic Block Puzzles- FREE Printable | Little Learning Club
FREE Shape Puzzles For Kids | Real House Moms
Community Helpers FREE Puzzles | Totschooling
DIY JigSaw Puzzles (FREE Patterns, Stencils, and Templates) | Suncatcher Studio
Color Word Puzzles FREE Printable | Learning Ideas for Parents
FREE Magic E Phonics Puzzles | Lauren Williams
CCVC FREE Puzzles | Playdough to Plato
FREE Puzzles with 3-Letter Consonant Clusters | This Reading Mama
Uppercase to Lowercase Alphabets FREE Puzzle | Mr-pencil
FREE Printable Puzzles for Digraphs | Life Over Cs
CVC Word Puzzles FREE | Fun Hands-on Learning
FREE Printable Puzzles Inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear | No Time For Flashcards
Measuring Angles Activity: Simple and Fun Puzzle Set FREE | Math Geek Mama
Multiplying Mixed Numbers Activity FREE Puzzles | Math Geek Mama
Watermelon Counting Puzzles FREE | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Zoo Animals Number Strip Puzzles | Free Printable Worksheets for Kids
Farm-Theme Preschool FREE Puzzles Number Order | Planes and Balloons
Penguin Number FREE Puzzles | The STEM Laboratory
Number Recognition Puzzles (FREE Printable) | Living Well Mom
FREE Kids Math Printable – Dinosaur Puzzle Hunt Game | KidsActivities.com
FREE Printable Number Match Puzzles | Simply Kinder
Rainbow Addition FREE Puzzles | Kindergarten Connection
FREE Printable Bug Counting Puzzles | Life Over Cs
Apple Number Puzzles : FREE 5 Exciting Number Puzzles | Fluffy Tots
FREE Math Puzzles for All Ages! | Mashup Math
Candy Counting FREE Puzzles | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Telling Time Puzzle Clock FREE Game | 123Homeschool4Me
Puzzles for older kids:
FREE Critical Thinking Puzzles | The Critical Thinking Co.
Easter FREE Worksheet – Sudoku Vocabulary Puzzles | Puzzles to Print
Sudoku for Kids: FREE Apple Sudoku Printable Puzzle Set | Real Life at Home
48 FREE Kids Puzzles Printable (Sudoku/Word Search/Word Scrambles)| Mom be Inspired
FREE Puzzles for An Expanded Form Activity | You’ve Got this Math
Number Puzzle FREE Printable | Growing Play
Princess Sudoku FREE Printable | Gift of Curiosity
Circus Sudoku FREE Printables | Gift of Curiosity
Forest Animals Sudoku FREE Printables | Gift of Curiosity
FREE System of Equations Logic Puzzles! | Math Geek Mama
Fun Thanksgiving Math & Logic Puzzles FREE | Math Geek Mama
LEGO Christmas FREE Puzzles | I Can Teach My Kid
Thanksgiving Number Puzzles (FREE) | Aurora Special Ed
Gingerbread Symmetry Puzzles – FREE Printable for Preschool | No Time for Flashcards
Holiday Trees Number FREE Puzzles | The STEM Laboratory
DIY Christmas Tree Puzzles | Toddler at Play
Winter Counting FREE Puzzles 1-5 and 1-10 | Life Over Cs
Four Seasons Activity Puzzles | The Mama Workshop
Winter SuDoKu for Math Puzzle Fun | Rotal Baloo
Spring FREE Printable Puzzles for Kids | Itsy Bitsy Fun
Fun Fall FREE Puzzle | Classroom Freebies
I suppose I could have kept going and going. There are plenty of fun and free puzzles out there to keep your kids busy for a lifetime. I wanted to share those that my kids would have enjoyed the most or ones that I would have used the most when my kids were little.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!