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:
- Zebra Crossing: Use the three rows in this puzzle to help you figure out the answers that go into each of the slanting stripes.
- Shapeshifters: This grid changes shape right before your eyes! First it contains a group of short words, and then suddenly it contains a different group of longer words.
- 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.
- Rows Garden: How does this garden grow? With an assortment of blooms you must carefully place, using the row answers for assistance.
- Crossfire: Figuring out the answers is only the first part of the puzzle. Can you then figure out the rule that ties the answers together?
- Flower Power: Just one bloom this time, but it's a dilly. Two dozen words weave this way and that among the petals.
- Birds of a Feather: These 22 birds may all be different, but they are flocking together nonetheless... but only if you figure out where each one goes.
- Trail Mix: Strap on your hiking boots! You'll need to blaze a dozen trails through this crossword grid, using the row answers to guide your way.
- To and Fro: A straightforward enough crossword puzzle... except that exactly half the answers need to be entered backwards!
- One, Two, Three: In this crossword variant, each square will get one, two, or even three letters. Figuring out how many letters go into each blank is part of the challenge.
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.