Have a bus full of noisy students to entertain? And you’d like them to learn something in the process? These puzzle books are the ideal companions on your trip to our national capital. Keep your students or children engaged during their journey and visit. They’ll be having fun, and learning at the same time!
The Junior Canberra Puzzle Book is being reprinted, and will be available in early October 2016!
There are two books in this series:
- The Canberra Puzzle Book for kids aged 11 to adults (B5 workbooks and blackline master)
- The Junior Canberra Puzzle Book, for kids aged 5 to 10 (B5 workbooks and blackline master)
Ordering your books
To order B5 workbooks of either book, please contact me. I sell them direct to the public ($6.60 per book), and wholesale. If you run a shop, contact me for wholesale pricing. I accept PayPal and direct deposit payments.
The B5 books are available from:
- The Botanical Bookshop, Australian National Botanic Gardens
- Australian Choice, Canberra Centre, Civic
- ChildPlay Toys, Phillip
- Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Commonwealth Park
Printed on demand in Australia, by Lulu.com. Shipping is around $9.
These A4, wire-bound blackline master books are designed to be photocopied. Each book has 28 pages of puzzles, and answers at the back.
They are great resources for school libraries, hospitals, youth groups, and even hotels and restaurants. When you buy one, you are granted a site licence to photocopy the book as much as you need, at your school or organisation.
Both books cover the history of the Canberra region, from pre-European settlement to the modern day. The books have been checked by local historians for accuracy.
Subjects include :
- local Aboriginal culture
- early pioneer settlers
- the selection of Canberra as our capital
- Walter Burley Griffin’s plan
- life in Canberra during Word War II
- flag and emblems of the city
- early maps of the city turned into mazes
- flora and fauna of the region
There are find-a-words, mazes, crosswords, story crosswords, clueless crosswords, colouring-in, dot-to-dots, codes, and spot-the-differences, amongst others!
Free sample pages
You are welcome to download these sample pages from the blackline masters,
for use at home or in the classroom.
The Canberra Puzzle Book
The Junior Canberra Puzzle Book
This book is a delight. Innovative, inspired, engaging — and right on target in the way it communicates complex topics with clarity and with fun.
Heritage is about learning to read the rich library of our surroundings so that we better understand our past, and our own responsibilities to the future. It’s a tall order as heritage professionals will agree. Yet here Denise Sutherland has produced the essential primer for this process, conveying accurate information in the most enjoyable and arresting format, a puzzle book that includes crosswords, mazes, codes, ‘what’s missing’ pictures, and my favourite — the silly story.
This is a book for kids — but it is really for us all, I don’t think there is anyone who could resist trying at least some of these [puzzles].
Dr Lenore Coltheart, historian
Where did it all start?
In 2004 Sutherland Studios won an ACT Heritage Grant which allowed me to research, write and publish The Canberra Puzzle Book in 2005. As part of the grant, I gave a free copy of the book to every Year 6 student in ACT government schools. It is now in its third printing.
In 2006 I wrote and published its companion volume, The Junior Canberra Puzzle Book, for younger ‘puzzle historians’. The workbooks of this title are being reprinted, and will be available again in early October 2016.