ESL Classroom Brain Teasers

ESL Classroom Brain Teasers

Brain Teasers are a fantastic way of engaging students and can work well in the classroom. Brain teasers are puzzles where your students have to think to find a solution to the problem. They require students to often think in unconventional ways and as such can be a fun activity for everyone in the class, not just the best students.

Ways to use Brain Teasers in the classroom

As a Warmer/Cooler

Start/end your lesson with a Brain Teaser. Have students read a brain teaser and try and think of a solution to the problem. After a few minutes, have students discuss their possible solutions.

As a conversation starter

Display a Brain Teaser and have students work in pairs or groups to discuss their solutions to the problem. After, have the different pairs/groups explain their ideas.

Between activities

Show your students a Brain Teaser in between activities to give students a short ‘active time’ break between activities and help refocus.

Use to practice grammar

Brain teasers are a great way to use modals of speculation (It could be…, I think it might be… and It may be that…) with your students.

More Online ESL Games
Discover more of ESL Kids Games’ online activities  .

ESL Odd One Out – an online game that is a great way to practice vocabulary and speaking with young learners. This activity is great to help students practice for the Cambridge Movers exam.

ESL Vocabulary Fortunes – An online game for teens and adults that is a great way to practice vocabulary on a large number of topics.

ESL Bomb Game – Bomb is a simple scoring system that adds excitement to any game.

ESL Hangman – Hangman is a simple way to practice spelling and vocabulary recall with your students.

Describe the Photo – A great way to practice speaking about photos for B1 (PET).

ESL Play Your Cards Right – A fun higher or lower game.

ESL Countdown – A great game to practice vocabulary and spelling.

ESL Writing Prompt Generator – A fun way to practice writing with young learners and even teens.

Find more games and activities on our YouTube Channel

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