,   Age: 14+

Part of the TinyTap DIY Projects series, this one gives step-by-step instructions and video tutorials for creating 6 different types of puzzles. #Crossword #Jigsaw #WordSearch #Scramble #Sudoku #SlidePuzzle






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1. Questions: Puzzles
2. Questions: So often we think of puzzles as just a game to play, or something to keep the kids busy for a little while, but did you know that puzzles play an important role in a child's development? Some of the skills they learn through puzzles include fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual perception, spatial orientation/directionality, language skills (such as using descriptive vocabulary and following directions), problem-solving, understanding part-whole relationships, attention/concentration, and memory, as well as character traits such as persistance and patience. These are all skills which impact a child's ability in reading, writing, and math.
3. Soundboard: Sudoku
Puzzles, Word
Searches, Slide
Puzzles, Crossword
Puzzles, Jigsaw
Puzzles, Word
Scrambles, Exit
4. Soundboard: , Jigsaw Puzzles, 1. Be aware of what is developmentally appropriate. According to the norms published in the LinguiSystems Milestones Guide, children ages 2-3 are able to complete 1-piece puzzles, where one piece is one complete object, like matching a picture of fruit to its shadow or outline. For ages 3-4, 5-6 piece puzzles are appropriate. Puzzles with 10-12 pieces are appropriate for ages 4-5., Next
5. Puzzle: 2. Select your image and decide how many pieces you will be using.
3. When designing your page, leave room somewhere to collect all the puzzle pieces.
4. Select the green "set activity" button at the top left of your screen, and choose "Cut a Shape Puzzle".
5. Create a hotspot by tracing each puzzle piece in the shape you want it. It will pop out of place so you can drag it to the collection area, ready for the student to play., You could just cut out blocks for a matching activity to put together the two halves of an image ...
6. Soundboard: Search the internet for "puzzle"
line art to find a layout you like., Double tap the image to open
formatting, select "remove white"., Hint, OR, Menu, Video
7. Questions: Crossword Puzzles, 1. You will be using TinyTap's "Talk or Type" feature for this. Due to screen size, the longest word you will be able to use will need to have 10 letters or less, and will need to be put on the page horizontally., 3. Keep trying possible combinations until you find one that fits your page layout, and leaves room for your clues/questions., 2. To save your time and sanity trying to figure out how to fit the words together, try using a free online puzzle generator, like Puzzlemaker from discoveryeducation.com.
8. Soundboard: 4. Place your text for the clues on your page in an empty corner. Use a clear font, like Arial, which is dyslexia-friendly., 5. Select the green "set activity" button at the top left of your screen, then choose "Talk or Type"., 6. Create your hotspots (letter boxes) for 
your puzzle words, one letter per box. 
Keep the puzzle boxes and the clues within 
the dotted border around your page grid., 8. Note that the letter boxes are not case-sensitive., Menu, 7. To see a video tutorial on creating hotspots for the Talk or Type feature, tap on the green arrow below., Video
9. Questions: Word Searches, 1. To save yourself time, consider creating the puzzle first in a free puzzle generator, such as Puzzlemaker from discoveryeducation.com. You can save and import it into your page, or print it out to use as a guide to create your own board., 2. Set up your page with your 
background, word bank, and 
the puzzle. If you are creating 
your own puzzle, try your best 
to make sure the letters line 
up in a fairly straight fashion 
both horizontally and vertically. If they do not, try using a different font. Leave enough space between letters to draw a line between them for "circling" the word.
10. Soundboard: 3. When you have finished designing your page, select "set activity" at the top left of your screen, then choose "Ask a Question".

4. If you need to put verbal directions on the page, you will need to make that part of the first question, along with the first word the student is going to look for. After recording your question, you will be prompted to create a hotspot where the answer is on the screen. This is where you would "circle" the answer word. The student will need to tap that word in order to have it scored as a correct answer., 5. Remind students that answers can 
be running up/down, left/right, or 
diagonally, if that is how you designed 
the puzzle.

6. If you want Ss to READ the words, 
you can just record a split second of
dead air instead of a question. They
will need to find the words IN ORDER
or they will be scored as incorrect., Menu, Video
11. Questions: Letter/Word Scrambles, 1. Select your base word. Search online 
for a free "anagram solver" such as 
wordplays.com, and print out the list of
all possible words using the letters in 
your base word. For example, this scramble
uses the letters in the word HEARTS. There
are 12 different possible answers., 2. Design your page, keeping in mind that someone might play this on a small phone screen, so your text boxes will need to be large enough to be seen on the smaller screen., 3. If there are a large number of answers, you can set up separate pages for all the 2-letter words, all the 3-letter words, etc. Or include in the directions for the students to use ALL the letters.
12. Soundboard: 4. When your page is ready, select "set activity" at the top left of your screen, then choose "Talk or Type".

5. Create a text box for each possible answer. To make sure they are of uniform size/shape, just double tap the first box you make and it will generate another one that you can move wherever you want the next box. (See the video for a demo)., 6. Here's the rub ... you have no 
way of predicting which answer 
they are going to put in which box, 
so every box you create must have 
EVERY possible answer, separated 
by commas. In my HEARTS puzzle, 
there were 12 possible words using 
5 letters, so each of the 12 boxes 
had all 12 answers entered., (Responses are not case sensitive.), Menu, Video
13. Questions: Sudoku Puzzles, Sudoku puzzles are one of the best for 
critical thinking/problem solving! Lots of
fun to tie into any theme unit or story. If 
your students need an introduction, see 
my series of Sudoku lessons for kids., 1. Let's get started by deciding how complicated it needs to be, and what images you will use ... pictures, numbers, even letters in a sight word!
14. Soundboard: 2. Find your grid. Search the 
internet for "sudoko grid" in 
line art, (or create your own
in a Word doc)., Remember 
to keep it square- 4x4, 6x6, 
9x9, etc., If a "no background" search
does not find what you need,
look for a regular image, 2x 
tap on the image to format to
"remove white"., Hint
15. Questions: 4. Leave room on your page to put your puzzle pieces that you will be pulling out of the puzzle., 5. Add the images you want in your puzzle to the puzzle grid. Double tap and duplicate so you have enough of each image for each row/column., 3. You will be using the "Cut a Shape Puzzle" feature in TinyTap, so design your page, remembering to put all the answers in the right place, as if the puzzle has been completed.
16. Soundboard: 7. Create your hotspots by tracing one of the boxes that you want to remove from your puzzle. To ensure all the boxes are identical shape/size, double tap that box and a new one will appear that you can move to your next location. (There is a video tutorial about creating your hotspots for puzzle pieces at the end of this)., 6. When you have your puzzle constructed, select "set activity" at the top left of your screen, then choose "Cut a Shape Puzzle"., 8. Remove all the desired boxes from the puzzle 
and put them in the area of the page reserved 
for puzzle pieces. Keep in mind, the more boxes 
that are removed, the harder the puzzle will be. 
Don't remove so many that the puzzle cannot be 
solved. To double check, take a break, then come 
back later and play the game yourself., Menu, Video
17. Questions: Slide Puzzles, 1. This is a great critical thinking activity which can be used for a sequencing activity on steroids. Start out by finding/creating an image or sequence of images that you want to use., 2. Search online for a 4x4 grid to use 
as an overlay. If you cannot find one 
without a background, use a regular 
one and "remove white" by double 
tapping the image of the grid to open 
the formatting menu., 3. Don't forget to keep your entire
puzzle within the dotted line around
the outside edge of your page grid. 
This allows the activity to be played
on a smaller phone screen without
cutting off part of the picture.
18. Questions: 4. When your page is ready, select "set activity" at the top left of your screen, then choose "Cut a Shape Puzzle"., 5. Here's the tricky part. You will be 
cutting out your puzzle pieces by 
tracing a hotspot around each block 
of your puzzle grid. (See the video
tutorial for cutting a shape puzzle.)
Each piece will only be able to move 
one block up, down, left, or right, so 
you will need to plan the movements 
in advance. Here is a flow chart for 
mine to make things a little easier., 6. You will be working backwards, starting with box#15.
When you cut out that piece, move it to the right and put it on top of box #16. Work backwards like that all the way through all the boxes. Box #14 will move to space #15, etc. Follow the arrows. You will end up with a blank hole where box #1 was.
19. Soundboard: 7. Open "settings" at the top of the 
page to select your play parameters., Free play - when it is turned on, the 
pieces can be moved all over the
board. Off, the pieces will snap back
into their original spot if answer is
incorrect., Easy mode - turned on, this will show
the completed picture for a second
before scrambling pieces., (I recommend turning it 
off. Otherwise, the kids will get
themselves totally confused.), Menu, Video
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