ESL Classroom Brain Teasers

ESL Classroom Brain Teasers
13 Nov, 2018

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.

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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


David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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