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Puzzle Books

ʘ Young Kids ʘ Extreme Dot-to-Dots ʘ Analogies
ʘ Cranium... ʘ Logic Puzzles ʘ Math Puzzles
ʘ VisualSearches ʘ Who-Dun-Its ʘ Mixed-up Puzzles
ʘ Young Adult Challenges
 

Looking for more puzzles?  Challenge your kids & teens with Geocaching puzzles!

Geocaching is more than just a world-wide hide-and-seek game. Puzzle ? caches offer simple and complex challenges that can charm even the most puzzle-crazy teen or adult! Each one is unique... Stake in the Grass (??), Sweepstakes (logic), Don't Be Blue (color), A Protracted Puzzle (protractor), and Golfers Like to Cache Too (golf). 

Start your puzzle caching by solving these caches, no matter where you live: Puzzle Solving 101 - Lesson 1: Strategy, the first of 10 steps in Puzzle Solving 101 and a great series to learn about puzzle caches, or Puzzle Shortcuts 1: Caesar Shift, the first of a series of 11 caches designed to help you learn how to solve a variety of puzzle caches. Find lots more puzzles near you!

Young Kids

Cranium FunFolio: Junior Edition
Cranium: FunFolio - Volume 1
Cranium: FunFolio Family - Volume 1
In Cranium FunFolio, kids will create a museum exhibit, design their own robot, and invent silly songs. In Cranium FunFolio: Family Edition, you'll work with your amazing family to build a time capsule, scavenge your house for fun finds, and even write your own movie script! When you finish, you'll have an amazing keepsake that is unique and all your own - a treasure trove of wacky adventures and hilarious memories you'll return to time and again!
Road Trip Trivia: A Big Book of Backseat Brainteasers
Kids Travel: A Backseat Survival Guide
The Amazing Backseat Booka-Ma-Thing: Thousands of Miles Worth of Hands-On Games and Activities
All "endorsed by the Save the Parents' Sanity Foundation"
 

Extreme Dot-to-Dots

Extreme Dot to Dots by MindWare
Build focus and concentration with puzzles ranging from 500 to over 1,400 dots—some even cover two pages. Once the image is complete, use your markers or colored pencils to fill in the designs...
bullet Animals (Amazon), Explorers (Amazon), Legends and Lore (Amazon), Prehistoric (Amazon)
bullet Bundle of 4! (Animals, Explorers, Legends and Lore, Prehistoric)
bullet Animals 2 (Amazon), Sports (Amazon)
 

Analogies

First Time Analogies by Dianne Draze (or from Amazon)
grades K-2
Attribute Block Thinking Activities: Analogies by Dianne Draze
grades K-3
Analogies for Beginners by Lynne Chatham (or from Amazon)
grades 1-3
Thinking Through Analogies by Bonnie L. Risby (or from Amazon)
grades 3-6
Analogies for the 21st Century by Bonnie L. Risby (or from Amazon)
grades 4-6
Advancing Through Analogies by Lynne Chatham (or from Amazon)
grades 5-8
 

Cranium...

Cranium: The Creative Cat Book of Outrageous Fun!: Draw it, Sculpt it, Build it!
Cranium: The Data Head Book of Outrageous Fun!: Search it, Find it, Solve it!!: Search it, Find it, Solve it!
Cranium: The Star Performer Book of Outrageous Fun!: Sing it, Dance it, Act it!
Cranium: The Word Worm Book of Outrageous Fun!: Write it, Read it, Say it!
Alternating rewritable pages, and tons of all-new activities for both solo and group play, each book offers kids hours of outrageous fun. In Creative Cat's book, go on a journey of artful exploration, building, sculpting and drawing using their special Creative Cat Stencil. In Data Head's book, uncover fascinating facts and stimulating stats with the help of their Nifty Data Head Magnifier. In Star Performer's book, take center stage and discover kids dramatic talents using the Star Performer Kazoo. And in Word Worm's book, enjoy hours of wacky wordplay, riddles, and rhymes using Word Worm Letter Cubes. Plus each book is packed with cool Cranium components, and hidden within each book is a secret slide-out game board and a unique acetate game sheet. As kids collect all four, they can mix and match their Books of Outrageous Fun to create new multi-layered games - that means endless fun!
Cranium FunFolio: Junior Edition
Cranium: FunFolio - Volume 1
Cranium: FunFolio Family - Volume 1
In Cranium FunFolio, kids will create a museum exhibit, design their own robot, and invent silly songs. In Cranium FunFolio: Family Edition, you'll work with your amazing family to build a time capsule, scavenge your house for fun finds, and even write your own movie script! When you finish, you'll have an amazing keepsake that is unique and all your own - a treasure trove of wacky adventures and hilarious memories you'll return to time and again!
Cranium Big Book of Outrageous Fun!: The Write-It, Draw-It, Sculpt-It, Act-It Game-in-a-Book-in-a-Game!
Cranium one-of-a-kind game-in-a-book-in-a-game.
 

Logic Puzzles

Connections series by Bonnie L. Risby
Connections - Introductory: Activities for Deductive Thinking grades 2-4 (or from Amazon)
Connections - Beginning: Activities for Deductive Thinking grades 3-4 (or from Amazon)
Connections - Intermediate: Activities for Deductive Thinking grades 4-6
Connections - Advanced: Activities for Deductive Thinking grades 6-8
Logic Links: Mindware's Best Logic Problems
Build thinking skills as you reason out sequencing puzzles, using 48 chips (included) to help visually organize thinking...
Logic Links Level A
Logic Links Level B
Logic Links Level C
Logic Links Level D
Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities by Bonnie L. Risby and Robert Risby (or from Amazon)
Lollipop Logic Book 2 (or from Amazon)
Lollipop Logic Book 3 (or from Amazon)
grades K-2
Logic Safari series by Bonnie L. Risby
Logic Safari Book 1 grades 2-3 (or from Amazon)
Logic Safari: Book 2 grades 3-4 (or from Amazon)
Logic Safari: Book 3 grades 5-6 (or from Amazon)
Logic Countdown series by Bonnie L. Risby
Logic Countdown grades 3-4 (or from Amazon)
Logic Liftoff grades 4-6 (or from Amazon)
Orbiting With Logic grades 5-7 (or from Amazon)
Logic On Meadow Brook Lane by Bonnie L. Risby
grades 5-8 (or from Amazon)
Math Logic Mysteries series by Marilynn L. Rapp Buxton, grades 5-8
Math Logic Mysteries (or from Amazon)
More Math Logic Mysteries (or from Amazon)
Perplexors
Perplexors: Level A ages 8-10
Perplexors: Level B ages 10-11
Perplexors: Level C ages 11-12
Perplexors: Level D ages 12-14
Perplexors: Expert Level ages 14-adult
Grid Perplexors
Grid Perplexors: Level A ages 8-9
Grid Perplexors: Level B ages 10-11
Grid Perplexors: Level C ages 11-12
Grid Perplexors: Level D ages 12-14
Math Perplexors
Math Perplexors: Basic Level ages 8-9
Math Perplexors: Level A ages 9-10
Math Perplexors: Level B ages 10-11
Math Perplexors: Level C ages 11-12
Math Perplexors: Level D ages 12-14
Math Perplexors: Expert Level ages 14-adult
Venn Perplexors
Venn Perplexors: Level A ages 8-10
Venn Perplexors: Level B ages 10-11
Venn Perplexors: Level C ages 11-12
Venn Perplexors: Level D ages 12-14
Perplexors: Expert Level ages 14-adult
Tactic Twisters
Twist and loop your way through maze-like puzzles, 4 levels of difficulty in each books.  Level A ages 11+, Level B ages 14+
What is the Name of this Book?: The Riddle of Dracula & Other Logical Puzzles Recommended by Raymond Smullyan
A progression of logical conundrums, a subtle introduction to Godel's Incompleteness Theorems, suitable for kids and adults! Check out Smullyan's other books
The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles
Lady or the Tiger? And Other Logic Puzzles Including a Mathematical Novel That Features Godel's Great Discovery
Dell Logic Puzzles (subscription)
Various styles and levels of logic puzzles - all great!
 

Math Puzzles

Alien Math by Nick Bollow, Rita Berg, Marya Tyler
A puzzle book full of "alien" number bases.  While saving the planet from destruction, students will become fluent in base 6, base 2, and base 16 (the computer bases) numbers, while gaining a deeper understanding of our own base 10 number system...
Amazing "Aha!" Puzzles by Lloyd King
Improve your ability to think "outside the box" and boost your creativity with these mixed bag puzzles - some are easy, some are not!
Becoming a Problem Solving Genius: A Handbook of Math Strategies Recommended by Edward Zaccaro
Every math student needs a tool belt of problem solving strategies to call upon when solving word problems. In addition to many traditional strategies, this book includes new techniques such as Think 1, the 2-10 method, and more...
Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student Recommended by Edward Zaccaro
"Math is often taught as all scales and no music. This book contains the music!" I couldn't have said it better myself - tons of fun problems...   or Amazon.co.uk
Code Breakers: Level A (or from Amazon) and Code Breakers: Level B (or from Amazon) Recommended
by MindWare
Each color represents a different number in a group of equations; find the value of the colors and you've solved the puzzle! Have fun breaking the code for each puzzle, while you build logic and math skills that make algebra and advanced math easier down the road...
Kakuro and Other Fiendish Number Puzzles (or from the Amazon.co.uk Kakuro and Other Fiendish Number Puzzles)
Math in the same vein as Terry Dreary's Horrible Science... fun for everyone!
Kakuro Challenge 1 & 2
or from Amazon... Kakuro Challenge 1 and Kakuro Challenge 2 by Alastair Chisholm
More challenging than Sudoku (also called Cross Sums), Kakuro are a mathematics crossword puzzle!
The Loose Caboose & Other Math Mysteries by Dianne Draze
Solving the 13 mysteries, kids will be using their knowledge of decimals, sequences, logic, percentage, geometry, measurement, averages, time, prime numbers, graphing, and computation...
Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games (CD-ROM) Recommended
The entire collection of Martin Gardner's Scientific American columns on one searchable CD!
Math-a-logic by Dianne Draze
Number sequences, from simple to advanced... grades 5-8
Math Logic Mysteries by Marilynn Buxton
Solvers complete math problems and use reasoning to unlock the clues needed to solve matrix-based logic problems.  Includes measurement, number operations, geometry, probability, fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebra...
Math Olympiad Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools by George Lenchner
Four hundred challenging math problems provide kids with a book of problems which introduces many different problem-solving strategies...
Math Puzzles and Patterns for Kids series by Kristy Fulton
Math Puzzles and Patterns for Kids grades 2-4
More Math Puzzles and Patterns for Kids grades 2-4
Math Skills Made Fun by Cindi Mitchell
Combines math skills with coloring worksheets, popular with some young gifted kids.  Color by prime number, fraction, etc...
bullet Math Skills Made Fun: Dazzling Math Line Designs (Grades 6-8)
bullet Amazing Math Puzzles & Mazes (Grades 6-8)
bullet Funtastic Math! Decimals and Fractions (Grades 4-8)
bullet Math Skills Made Fun: Great Graph Art Decimals & Fractions (Grades 5-6)
bullet Math Skills Made Fun: Great Graph Art Multiplication & Division (Grades 3-4)
bullet Math Skills Made Fun: Dazzling Math Line Designs (Grades 2-3)
bullet Kaleidoscope Math: Math Skills Made Fun (Grades 2-3)
bullet Quilt Math: Grade 1-3
Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda, Phyllis S. Williams
Over 200 math puzzles, games and designs for kids, also available as a kit with a protractor, various triangles, a ruler, compass, and other essential tools
The Mathematics Calendar 2012 by Theoni Pappas
A problem a day, all year long!  Plus facts, curiosities, and challenging problems... 
Multiplication Mosaics (Amazon), More Multiplication Mosaics (Amazon), Division Designs (Amazon), and Addition Adventures (Amazon), Subtraction Secrets (Amazon), Fraction Finders, Algebra Antics
MindWare's best number problems...
Number Junctions 
Fill in the empty circles so that the number in each black diamond is the sum of the four adjacent circles. But be careful: a number can't be used more than once in any column or row... (two levels)
Patty Paper Geometry
Geometry from a discovery-based approach.  Great by itself, or as a supplement to traditional basic geometry.  The "patty papers" are those waxed squares used to separate hamburgers before they're cooked...  Also Patty Paper Student Workbook and for Patty Paper, visit Key Curriculum Press
Primary Grade Challenge Math Recommended by Edward Zaccaro
Challenge math now available for younger kids, too...  or from Amazon.co.uk
Professor Fiendish's Book of Diabolical Brain-benders (or from the Amazon.co.uk Professor Fiendish's Book...)
Horrible Math at its "worst"...
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
A collection of wacky, mind-boggling math puzzles and brain teasers challenges young readers...
More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
A sequel to the original collection of brain twisters and math puzzles includes ""How much is PEPPERS + PIG LIPS?"" and ""If Jenny's shirt has sparkles on it, will Todd have egg in his hair?""
Spatial Reasoning Puzzles That Make Kids Think! (grades 6-8) by Jeffrey J. Wanko
Conquer four types of logical and spatial reasoning puzzles (Slitherlink, Hashiwokakero, Masyu, and Yajilin). The rules for each type of puzzle are very different, but easy to understand. The challenge is to apply your critical thinking skills to new situations and develop new strategies for solving each puzzle... (or from Amazon)
Dell Math and Logic Puzzles (subscription)
Various styles and levels of logic puzzles - all great!
 

Visual Search Puzzles

Great Searches...

The Big Bug Search by Kamini Khanduri
Search through the detailed illustrations of periods of history from the cave man to the 20th century, showing cultures around the world.  Great entertainment for kids from pre-reading through adult!
The Great Animal Search by Caroline Young, Ian Jackson
Develop a sense of habitats around the world, and the animals that live there; from the arctic to the equatorial rainforests, from mountains to deserts, under the water and by the ocean...
The Great Castle Search by Jane Bingham
From Medieval European castles to Samurai strongholds, there are hundreds of things to spot on each double page of this beautifully illustrated book. As well as providing hours of puzzle-solving fun, each page is packed with fascinating facts in simple captions about what it was like to live and fight in all sorts of castles, through the ages...
The Great City Search by Rosie Heywood
Search through the glorious illustrations of cities and cultures around the world today!
The Great Dinosaur Search by Rosie Heywood
Find the dinosaurs in our history, searching through detailed illustrations of the periods of pre-historic earth
The Great History Search by Kamini Khanduri, David Hancock
Search through the detailed illustrations of periods of history from the cave man to the 20th century, showing cultures around the world.  Great entertainment for kids from pre-reading through adult!
The Great Planet Earth Search by Emma Helbrough
Search for things to spot around the world, including volcanoes, rivers, animals and more...
The Great Prehistoric Search by Jane Bingham
Search for giant insects in the swamps, the creatures of the ocean and the dinosaurs on the plains, and more. Also packed with fascinating geographical facts in short, easy-to-read captions...
The Great Undersea Search by Kate Needham, Ian Jackson
Fabulous illustrations and excellent text, lead children to learn about a variety of watery habitats!
The Great Wildlife Search by Caroline Young
Search through a tropical rainforest, a dusty desert, a peaceful pond and a shady woodland glade...
The Great World Search by Kamini Khanduri
Great Aunt Marigold gives seekers a ticket for a Great World Tour with puzzles to solve, presents to look for and clues to help them find out where to go next.  Investigate cultures in cities and countries and cultures around the world!
LIFE Picture Puzzles (set of 3)
or from Amazon... LIFE Picture Puzzle, LIFE The Original Picture Puzzle, LIFE The Amazing Picture Puzzle, and LIFE The Ultimate Picture Puzzle
What's different between these two photos?  Tracking grids, time limits and increasing difficulty...
Tons more titles... Life Picture Puzzle Across America, LIFE Picture Puzzle Around the World, and Life: Picture Puzzle Holidays!
 

Highlights Hidden Pictures...

Highlights Hidden Pictures Books 2011 Set of 4... (ages 5 and up)
Highlights Hidden Pictures Books 2012 Set of 4... (ages 5 and up)
Highlights My First Hidden Pictures Books Set of 4... (ages 3 and up)
It takes keen eyesight and attention to detail to find the hidden pictures within these amazingly complex illustrations!

Other Search Puzzle Books...

Gallery Ghost: Find the Ghost Who Paints the Most!
Something spooky is happening at the museum! At night, the ghosts of 24 artists come out to play. They paint details from their own paintings onto other artists' pictures. The book contains pages that are split horizontally. As you flip through the bottom pages, you see the original paintings that hang in the museum by day. The top pages show the same paintings with ghostly additions. Grab the magnifying glass - included inside - and look for all the changes the ghosts have made...

Who-Dun-Its

One-Hour Mysteries by Mary Ann Carr (grades 4-8)
Critical thinking, combined with cloak-and-dagger!  Can you find the clues, and solve these mysteries? 
More One-Hour Mysteries by Mary Ann Carr (grades 4-8)
More clues, inferred logic, and deductive reasoning... can you solve the mysteries? 
Quicksolve Whodunit Puzzles: Challenging Mini-Mysteries
Baffling Whodunit Puzzles: Dr. Quicksolve Mini-Mysteries 
Great Quicksolve Whodunit Puzzles: Mini-Mysteries for You to Solve
Challenging Whodunit Puzzles: Dr. Quicksolve's Mini-Mysteries by Jim Sukach and illustrator Lucy Carvino (ages 10+)
My favorite puzzles as a kid, WhoDunIts are short and sweet mysteries, that take careful reading and attention to detail.  Can you solve them all?
 

Mixed-up Puzzles

The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums by Trenton Lee Stewart
Companion book to the Mysterious Benedict Society series, a mind-bending collection that will put YOU to the test! With full-color artwork throughout, features ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself, with the help of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and other Society associates...

Young Adult Challenges

1000 Play Thinks: Puzzles, Paradoxes, Illusions & Games by Ivan Moscovich
Visual challenges, riddles, and puzzles to help push thinking into these new frontiers, some original; others are adaptations of classic challenges. Bold, bright, colorful, and genuinely inviting, they are arranged by mathematical or scientific category, and ranked by a degree of difficulty from 1 to 10...
Ivan Moscovich's Mastermind Collection
Diabolical puzzles from the undisputed king of recreational mathematics.  Leonardo's Mirror, Hinged Square, Shoelace Problem, Monty Hall Problem, Fiendishly Frustrating Brain-Twisting Puzzles, and Deviously Difficult Mind-Bending Puzzles.  Get one title or all of them! 
bullet Knotty Number Problems,
bullet Leonardo's Mirror,
bullet Perplexing Pattern Problems,
bullet Perplexing Pattern Problems,
bullet The Hinged Square,
bullet Tough Topology Problems,
bullet Peerless Probability Problems,
bullet Brain-Flexing Balance Problems,
bullet Cunning Combination Problems,
bullet The Shoelace Problem,
bullet The Monty Hall Problem, and
bullet Loopy Logic Problems
Magic Arrow Tile Puzzles by Ivan Moscovich
Ivan Moscovich knows better than anyone how to create conundrums that are irresistibly attractive to puzzle lovers—and just like magic, these tricky games will have you hooked...
The Mathematics of Oz: Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge by Clifford A. Pickover
Grab a pencil. Relax. Then take off on a mind-boggling journey to the ultimate frontier of math, mind, and meaning as acclaimed author Clifford Pickover, Dorothy, and Dr. Oz explore some of the oddest and quirkiest highways and byways of the numerically obsessed...
The World's 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems by John R. Vacca
Current debates in astronomy and cosmology, physics and astrophysics, biology and paleontology, neuroscience, geology, chemistry, and energy

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