This site was set up to share some of the electronic jigsaw puzzles I have made, and I have since added various other free games, stories etc.
.You play these puzzles on your computer, so
Here is an example of an epuzzle electronic jigsaw (this one has 40 pieces; you can click on the picture to open or download it):
I've spent many hours experimenting and creating puzzles with various programs, and I now have quite a collection of puzzles. The students at the school where I teach have been having lots of fun with them, but I'd like to make them available outside school.
Many children love jigsaw puzzles, so they can be a powerful teaching tool. I am including words in many of the pictures, so that children are putting together words as they complete the puzzles.
I've also made some harder puzzles for adults/older kids - see New & Harder Jigsaws.
Here is a jigsaw you can play online (courtesy of Jigsaw Planet) It has 80 pieces Here's Looking at You-Kookaburra
April 2010- I have made some simple "first jigsaws", of 4-16 pieces, and have added some to my ePuzzle Jigsaws- Links page.
July 2012 - As I've added more printable resources to this site, the downloads have increased and have now become unmanageable, leading to the site being threatened with deactivation!
To help defray the increased costs as more people use the free resources offered, I've moved the links for most of the printable "tiny books", activity sheets and games.
All the jigsaws, Memory/Concentration games, photos, crosswords and cryptograms are still completely free to download and use for personal/educational (non-commercial) use!
Check out my Computer Memory Game page for wonderful free, educational Memory (Concentration) games to download and play... with word cards, and pictures of favourites such as motorbikes, horses, animals, etc:
I have made some printable Memory / Concentration cards sets in PDf format; e.g.
Some of these are available for you to download for free. You can print them and use as cards for games, as digital swap cards, etc- see my Memory Game to print page.
VERY EASY CROSSWORD PUZZLES for children:
Sept 2008: I have been using the free crossword-making program I downloaded from http://www.eclipsecrossword.com * to make some very simple crosswords for my reading students. They are aimed at children reading at about 6-year-old level, about Reading Recovery level 7-12 .
The crosswords may be played online, or printed out. See my Crossword Puzzles page for those I have made.
(*This program is highly recommended- quick and easy to use, and completely free!)
FIRST CRYPTOGRAMS for children:
I have also made some easy cryptograms, using a free program I downloaded from www.varietygames.com * , and using nursery rhymes with clues to make them easy. These are aimed at children reading at about 7-8-year-old level.
See my First Cryptograms pages for puzzles to print out.
(*This program is also highly recommended- quick , easy to use, and free! The link to download is on my recommended sites page).
I have found some very good sites for free printable "mini books" for pre-school and primary-school children. The links are on the Free Mini Books to Print page.
There are also "tiny books"* to print and fold for beginner readers or littlies (plus instructions on how to make them).
*Most of these are now on the "Premium Access" page due to excessive downloads, but you can still access them very cheaply - see Premium Printable Access
There are some lovely free online or downloadable stories available if you know where to look! This page has links to the best sites I've found, including the wonderful Storynory site, where you can download MP3 files of a huge range of stories for your children to listen to, all beautifully told.
Updates for my "educational/general" sites are now on Facebook.
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Check out this page for fun, reading-based educational activities for kids:
July 2012: *I have had to remove some of the free content on these pages due to excessive downloads using up all my site bandwidth; however, all this content plus printable mini books etc is available through the Premium Printable Access page by donating $5 or more to help cover website/download costs.
Photo Gallery: There are several albums of photos here. Some are pictures that I used for jigsaws, and others are general photos. You are welcome to copy and use any of these for non-commercial purposes. (Note that I will be moving some of the general photos to Photobucket albums to free storage space on this site for jigsaws).
ePuzzle Info: information about the electronic jigsaw puzzles, programs for making jigsaws; other sites for free jigsaws
ePuzzle Jigsaws- Links: pictures of epuzzle jigsaws, with links to open/download the jigsaw files (* Please Note: these are stand-alone .exe files, created on my computer. They have been scanned before uploading, and I have never known them to cause any problems on any computer. Not available for Mac computers.)
New & Harder Jigsaws: pictures and links for new epuzzle jigsaws, with some more difficult jigsaws
How To Play ePuzzles: how to open the files, move the pieces, etc
Computer Memory Game: links to files for Custom Concentration games, to download
Memory Game to print : PDF files for Memory/Concentration games to print
Crossword Puzzles: some very simple crosswords to play or print
First Cryptograms: some simple cryptograms for children, to copy and print
Holiday fun: activities and games to print, with a reading focus for primary school kids
Free Mini Books to Print : some tiny books to print and fold for beginner readers, and links to other sites with mini books to make
Premium Printable Access: pictures of printable mini-books, reading games and activity sheets available to those who donate $5 or more towards site costs.
Stories for Children : links to some excellent sites for stories to read or listen to, online or to download
Recommended Sites: links to sites that I have found to have worthwhile games on offer
New Activities: new sites and activities as I come across them and try them out...
Facebook Page: Updates from my Free Fun and Games Facebook page
Photo Gallery: an assortment of amateur photos- free for non-commercial use
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