"Wuzzles" are a type of word puzzle. A common idiom or phrase is illustrated using words, letters, symbols and/or numbers. They are similar in nature to a rebus puzzle, but do not use pictures. For example, the word "MAN" is placed over the word "BOARD"; the solution is "man overboard." Last year I created tongue twister lunch box notes as a way to insert a little literacy learning at lunch time and while I will be giving those notes to my 6 year old this year who can finally read, I wanted to create something a bit more challenging for my older son. Since we are on a big brain teaser kick around here, the "Wuzzle Lunch Box Notes" were born.
These types of word puzzles ask your child to think outside the box, use their powers of deduction and problem solving as well as use their literacy skills. In addition, they can be a great social tool. Kids can ask their friends for help solving the puzzle. It's a fun ice breaker for the first few weeks of school.
I tried to make puzzles that would be easy enough for kids to solve and that repeated specific problem solving methods so kids could build upon what they learned each time they figured a "wuzzle" out.
Of course, I knew I wanted to share them with you, so I created a 3 page printable. There are 24 wuzzles in all. Feel free to print out the lunch box notes and send them with your child to school.
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