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What Are Brainteasers?
A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. One of the earliest known brain teaser enthusiasts was the Greek mathematician Archimedes. He devised mathematical problems for his contemporaries to solve. One can argue about the answers of many brain teasers; in the given example with hens, one might claim that all the eggs in the question were laid in the first day, so the answer would be three. Some brainteasers can have many ways to get the solution.
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If you are looking for a challenge you are in the right place. Brainteasers sometimes force students to think about situations a little differently so here you can find 71 worksheets including quizzes, puzzles, and riddles. This brainteaser worksheet has a simple riddle that is not really related to ESL but that your students might enjoy if you structure it as a short reading and speaking activity where students have to read the riddle and also present their answers to the class. The answer is posted as the first comment and is really quite clever. If you think that perhaps another type of activity would be better for your class, there are many more to choose from. If the preview does not give you a clear enough idea of the worksheet, simply download it onto your computer and look over the whole thing.
Brainteasers can be fun for students and are definitely challenging but unless there is a direct connection to ESL, try to keep these activities short so that students can maximize their time studying more common, everyday topics. On the other hand, some would argue that brainteasers help students with their problem solving and logic skills which are both very important for learners of any age. To help you decide whether or not brainteasers are right for you class, try one out and see how your students react. If they are enthusiastic about solving puzzles then you should feel free to include them in some of your lessons but if students struggle, give up, or become frustrated consider other activities instead.

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Mobile Scavenger Hunt

Mobile Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a game where you try to find certain objects or answers to clues. In this scavenger hunt you will use a mobile phone to give clues and hints to another team. This is ...
2 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium II

4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium II

Brainteasers,
This activity is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goa ...
7 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium, Difficult

4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium, Difficult

Brainteasers,
This activity is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goa ...
6 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium Difficulty

4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium Difficulty

Brainteasers,
It is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goal of the ss ...
6 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
4 Pictures 1 Word - Difficult

4 Pictures 1 Word - Difficult

Brainteasers,
This activity is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goa ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
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4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium Difficulty

4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium Difficulty

Brainteasers,
It is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goal of the ss ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Wordsearch Puzzle Skrillex (20 Words) Monochrome

Wordsearch Puzzle Skrillex (20 Words) Monochrome

Skrillex is one of the most emblematic and outstanding rave+electronic musicians, singer and songwriter. He has earned several Grammy, MTV and Annie awards. He has performed with bands as From Fir ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy

4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy

Brainteasers,
It is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goal of the ss ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
People Bingo

People Bingo

Brainteasers,
It has different ideas that would let your students enjoy playing it. If your class is big, it's going to be even better. Let them mingle for about thirty minutes. Then ask some of the students wh ...
7 All levels
Vocabulary Game

Vocabulary Game

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I prepared this powerpoint to revise the words that students learned before. It has two parts which are really enjoyable. In the first part the words are unscrambled and students try to find them ...
3 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Logic Puzzle

Logic Puzzle

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A logic puzzle where students use the clues given to solve the puzzle. The first one has been done for the students. It can be quite challenging at some point and can generate a lot of classroom d ...
8 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: Case of the Missing Rabbit

Movie Worksheet: Case of the Missing Rabbit

This is a worksheet based on a cute cartoon about Bugs Bunny. It can be a simple warm-up at the beginning of the lesson. It will help the pupils get down to work and quickly revise plurals. And a ...
6 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
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Poetry Jeopardy

Poetry Jeopardy

Brainteasers,
A very interesting game show in power point. Could be used for all aspects and skills of a language. Just replace the questions and the answers. Could be played individually or in groups. Much bet ...
9 All levels
Odd One Out 4

Odd One Out 4

Brainteasers,
Which one is different? Cross out the word that does not belong and explain why. There are fifteen rows and each of them has got four words. Students will have to cross out the word which is diffe ...
7 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Snake Planet

Snake Planet

This is a fun worksheet to work with kids. The drawings are taken from an Argentine Sunday magazine that offers games for children, so when it's possible, and I can adapt it, I translate the games ...
11 All levels
The Mary Celeste Wordsearch

The Mary Celeste Wordsearch

Brainteasers,
This is a wordsearch from the book "The great mysteries of our world" by Gina D.B Clemen. It contains 33 challenging words about the dissappearance of "Mary Celeste" which is in chapter 1 of the b ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Rebus Story 2

Rebus Story 2

My summer: this is a rebus story, that is to say, a story which combines words and pictures. Here, pictures represent entire words. There is a colour version, a B&W one and the key. This type ...
8 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Let's Go to the Beach with Our Friends!

Let's Go to the Beach with Our Friends!

Brainteasers,
How many words can you write with these letters? With the letters that appear in "Let's go to the beach with our friends" students create new words. There are six columns so that students can writ ...
10 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Food Wordsearch

Food Wordsearch

Brainteasers,
A wordsearch with a lot of words related to food. There is a colour version, a black and white version and the key. The fonts used are McLaren and Comica BD. Students read the words and then try t ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Directions Exercise

Directions Exercise

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Elementary level. A short starter up word document which gives students directions on what they are to do. There are ten simple directions to follow. The most important one being the first direc ...
3 Elementary
Odd One Out 3

Odd One Out 3

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Which one is different? Cross out the word that does not belong and explain why. There are fifteen rows and each of them has got four words. Students will have to cross out the word which is diffe ...
5 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Odd One Out 2

Odd One Out 2

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Odd one out 2. Which one is different? Cross out the word that does not belong and explain why. There are fifteen rows and each of them has got four words. Students will have to cross out the word ...
5 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe

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The same as in Spanish, ta te ti, in English it is tic tac toe to review grammar, vocabulary, or just have fun in groups, if the class is large you can make the tic tac toe wider, and besides that ...
7 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Odd One Out 1

Odd One Out 1

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The Odd One Out. Which one is different? Cross out the word that does not belong and explain why. There are fifteen rows and each of them has got four words. Students will have to cross out the wo ...
8 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Hidden Animals (PDF)

Hidden Animals (PDF)

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This activity is designed to challenge student’s ability to read sentences and find the names of animal hiding in the sentences. In the last task they write their own sentences. This idea wa ...
15 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate

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