One-of-a-kind pencil puzzles for bright kids: Incredible craftsmanship and extraordinary variety, all with 100% kid-friendly vocabulary in both the clues and the answer words.
Accessible by a wide range of ages, these puzzles provide just the right level of difficulty: Not too easy, not too hard. At the same time, each puzzle presents its own unique challenge -- solvers will need to flex their minds in different ways to reach the solution.
The puzzles in each collection are completely different, though you will see the same variants from time to time.
Ten puzzles in this collection:
- Something To Start You Off: Answering the clues is just the first part of this puzzle. What rules connects the answers?
- Flower Power: This flower is abloom with words! Every petal gets a letter, forming a dozen words curving one way and a dozen curving the other way.
- Hexed: Each of the 25 six-letter answers in this puzzle circles around its clue number. Get one answer, and you'll have a handhold on several others. An intricate construction.
- Around the Bend: You'll start writing each answer left to right... but then every answer goes around the bend, finishing up backwards! The backward part of each answer then becomes the forward part of the next answer. A fun wordplay experience.
- Zebra Crossing: Use the three rows in this puzzle to help you figure out the answers that go into each of the slanting stripes.
- Spiral: One set of words spirals in to the center of this curvy grid... and a completely different set of words spirals back out again. Work back and forth between the two sets of clues until you have every square filled in.
- Gotta Split: In this puzzle, you're not only figuring out the answers... you're figuring out the clues!
- One, Two, Three: A perfectly ordinary crossword puzzle, except that each square will get one, two, or even three letters. Figuring out how many letters go into each blank is part of the challenge.
- Half and Half: Each answer in this puzzle has been chopped in half, and each half belongs to two different answers.
Eric Berlin is the founder of Puzzle Your Kids. Eric is a frequent contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle, and is the premier creator of word puzzles and pencil puzzles for ages 9 and up. He is the author of "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen" and its sequels, and has puzzled tens of thousands of children around the country in person with his school visits.