Why You Should be Using Brain Teasers in the Classroom

Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

By incorporating visual brain teaser challenges into your classroom, you’re providing your students with the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills.

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What are the Benefits of Using Visual Brain Teasers for Kids?

  • develop logical reasoning abilities
  • develop critical thinking
  • boost brain activity
  • provide emotional satisfaction
  • improve concentration
  • increase student engagement.

Brain Teasers for the Classroom

You’re probably wondering where to go to find some quick and easy brain teasers for the classroom? Well our Visual Brain Teaser Task Cards are a great place to start. These task cards have been arranged into levels of difficulty to help you find what you need and differentiate the challenges you provide to your students.

A set of 20 beautifully illustrated and fun visual brain teaser task cards your students will be begging to try and solve!


How to Incorporate Visual Brain Teasers Into the Classroom

1. Fast Finisher Activities

These task cards are the perfect addition to your fast finisher activities in your classroom. Laminate and store them in a container for your students who finish their set work earlier than others. They can independently pick a task card that they can then solve themselves.

2. Morning Brain Activity

Get your students’ brain ticking as they enter the classroom. Display an easy, medium and hard visual brain teaser task card on the whiteboard. Students can then pick the difficulty level they feel comfortable solving.

3. Small Group Dynamics

In small groups, students need to solve a provided visual brain teaser. This provides another dynamic life skill for your students – teamwork. The ability to work effectively in a group is an important skill that children need to learn. Teamwork also helps children feel like they are part of a community.

Bring an element of fun by providing each group with the same brain teaser task card and get them to race against the clock. Which team can work it out first?

Do you use brain teasers in your classroom?

We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section of this blog!

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Excellent support activity.

Julie · Nov 7th, 2018


Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.

Kristian · Nov 9th, 2018


What a great resource. Perfect for small group work in STEM and homework challenge activity.

Annie · Jul 18th, 2018

Holly (Teach Starter)

Thanks for your kind feedback, Anne! We are so glad that you find this resource helpful in the classroom.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jul 18th, 2018

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