The run-up to Christmas is exciting, isn't it? So much anticipation in the air and a jolly good advent calendar can add to the atmosphere. Sure, you could pick up the traditional chocolate calendar but why not try something new? Something that gives the brain a little boost in the morning? Something like.... a brain teaser advent calendar!
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The best part about this brain teaser calendar is that it costs nothing and even though it's a DIY advent calendar, it takes no time at all to whip up. No fuss, no muss. A few moments of time now translates into 24 days of fun this December, that's a seriously good return on your investment.
Each brain teaser in this advent calendars is a word puzzle, also known as a rebus. You solve the puzzle by looking for positional, color, size and image clues to determine the common phrase the puzzle represents.
For example, can you guess the following rebus?
That's right! It's "back to back."
Just like our limerick advent calendar, our printable is totally free. It includes 24 brain tickling word puzzles, one for each day of December in the countdown to Christmas.
- Print out pdf
Print out our 4 page printable. Fill out the form above with your email and the internet angels will send it straight to your inbox.
Set aside page 4 with the answers just in case you can't solve a puzzle. No peeking!
- Prepare brain teasers
Cut out each individual word puzzle.
How you display the puzzles is up to you. The easiest way is to fold each puzzle and place them in a bowl, jar or other receptacle.
If you have one of those cute reusable advent calendars with pockets or drawers, slip a brain teaser inside each one.
Unfold one puzzle each day in December and have a family brain storming session to solve it!
Note: if you want to add more puzzles to the mix, feel free to print out our lunch box word puzzles!
Because this advent calendar cost you nothing and only 5 minutes of your time, you will definitely want to give your kids' brains an additional boost with our poetry advent calendar (with printable!).
Or, improve sibling relationships and foster gratitude with this sibling kindness advent calendar.