We’re longtime fans of brain teasers for kids over here, in any form, at any time.
Maddy went through a riddle stage last year, when every other day she shared one of a handful of riddles, and ever since then, we’ve been hooked.
So I did a bit of poking around the ‘net this past summer in an attempt to nail down any and all freebie brain teasers for kids I could find.
I hit the jackpot in a big way.
They keep asking for more. Woot.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Brain Teasers for Kids: Really, there are about 8 million books and sites about brain teasers, but I wanted something that I could print and take places with me.
I wanted something that I could use as reading material at mealtime and entertainment on the soccer sidelines.
I stumbled across Squiggly’s Playhouse which has been around FORever and which is packed with tons of fun for kids.
And I put the brain teasers on a happy little document and printed them out on fun and fancy, colorful cardstock. Then I printed them out, cut them up, and threw them in a sandwich bag.
I take them just about anywhere and use them any time I want the kids to be unplugged. Any time I want them to use their brains.
I created two sets of Brain Teaser Cards:
- Poem Brain Teasers (like the riddles that Maddy loved): poem brain teaser cards
- Clever Brain Teasers (shorter ones): clever brain teaser cards
If you use them, let me know! I’d love to hear it.
If you share them, please link to this blog post, and let me know! I’ll give you a shout out of thanks!
Both are created with thanks to Squiggly’s Playhouse.
I originally shared both sets via our Tabletop Surprises this summer, but (gulp!) we didn’t figure them all out. Some are pretty tough! Most recently, we’ve been using the brain teasers at breakfast. Though there was a time in our lives when I read the newspaper with the kids in the morning, now I’m doing the am scramble.
Before the kids wake up, I work for an hour or two in the morning or try to sneak in some exercise–so when I get them out of bed, I follow them back down stairs and make lunches. It’s fine. It’s working.
We chat, plan out the day, or, as mentioned here, work through some brain teasers.
I just talk through the news after school now, while we debrief about school and have a snack or two.
And these are a good way to get Maddy, Owen, and Cora to do some critical thinking and stretch their minds a bit. To think outside the box.
That’s it–try it for yourself and see how it goes!
Just a little, sneaky and fun, at-home learning in the every day, when we’re able. Not as easy as it once was when my loves were little, but we’re trying!
Do you have a favorite site or book for brain teasers? I’d love to hear it~