Printable Brain Teasers for Kids

Newsletter subscribers got an early sneak peek at our newest activity book, The Big Brain Teasers Book for Kids. Now you get a sneak peek, too! We are SO proud of this title, which has done exceptionally well on Amazon sales, reaching the top #7000 books in just two weeks! This huge book of brain teaser puzzles for kids is perfect for ages 9 – 12 and up. Included are long time family favorite mind teasers such as hidden pictures, cryptograms, math squares, logic grid puzzles, picross and matchsticks. Also included are cool Japanese puzzles like sudoku, maysu, slitherlink, and numberlink. These printable brain teasers are samples from this book – 1 of each of the 10 puzzles you’ll find in its pages.

Brain Teasers for Kids

Hidden Pictures

Find hidden pictures inside the illustrated scenes. The images you’re looking for are below each puzzle, and they’re well hidden!

Slitherlink

Draw a complete loop past each number, traveling only vertically or horizontally between dots. Each number cannot have more lines next to them than its number. So, for example, a 3 should have exactly 3 lines around it – not 2, and not 4.

Logic Grid Puzzles

Use the provided clues to finish the puzzle. Put an O in the squares you know are correct, and an X in the squares you know are false. Use deduction logic to figure out the rest.

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Picross

Use logic to turn these numbers into an image. Each number means an unbroken line of black squares, and they appear in the same order as the numbers. Each row goes from left to right, and each column goes from top to bottom. Every unbroken line of black squares is separated by at LEAST one empty box. Use this to your advantage!

Maysu

Draw a complete loop by passing through each circle in the puzzle.Your loop cannot cross itself, or move diagonally. You must turn before and/or after passing through a white circle, but your loop cannot turn inside one. You must turn in each black circle, but your loop cannot turn in the square before/and or after passing through one.

Matchsticks

Move only 1 line to make a true mathematical equation. Sometimes you might need to move a matchstick from an addition sign, or onto a subtraction sign!

Numberlink

Connect each number with its pair using lines that do not cross. All spaces must have a line passing through them. You may not use diagonal lines.

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Cryptograms

This is a decoding puzzle. Decipher the quoted phrase by finding the substitute letters. Each puzzle will have a hint! Sometimes it’s about the person who said it, and others are about the quote itself. Careful – sometimes the missing letter and its code letter could be the same.

Math Squares

Fill in the missing numbers to complete each number sentence. They’re all equations. The trick is to use both rows and columns to figure out the missing numbers.

Sudoku

Fill in the missing numbers to complete the puzzle. Every column, row, and grid must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without ANY repetition.

Printable Brain Teasers for Kids

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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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