Holiday brain teasers can add a challenge to any Christmas party. There's something for everyone at seasonal gatherings, from puzzles to emoji song games to word picture games. Keep in mind the interests and age groups or ability levels of your event's attendees when you are planning the brainbuster games you'll use this Christmas.
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Puzzles of all Kinds
There is no greater holiday brain teaser than a physical puzzle. This is a great choice for those with a classic sense of fun and merriment. You can find holiday-related jigsaw puzzles online or create your own puzzle as a gift to family or friends using an online service. You can also buy wooden and cardboard puzzles that are blank but precut at craft stores. This will allow you to attach your own pictures or wordplay for an extra dose of fun.
Puzzles you create from photos are extra festive if you make them from a collage of old Christmas photographs. A puzzle like this can be a meaningful gift for older generations of the family, and they'll undoubtedly want to put out the puzzle for everyone to enjoy while you celebrate.
Puzzles do make a great holiday gift, and they're also an excellent brain teaser to set out for casual parties. Players can connect pieces whenever they happen to be near the puzzle, but it doesn't have to be the focus of the evening. In this way, your whole group can enjoy something together that engages your cranium in a laid-back way.
Holiday Brain Puzzles
Holiday puzzles and brain teasers come in many forms. You can find many holiday-related crosswords and word searches online. Most local newspapers will also run several holiday-related games starting in November and continuing into January. You can get copies of these and place them around your party space if you're hosting a holiday event.
There are also plenty of Christmas song picture games and other holiday musical challenges to try. If your family knows many Christmas carols, you can try "name that carol," Christmas carol Pictionary, Christmas carol bingo or Mad Libs with a musical holiday twist.
You can also find some compilations online that list popular Christmas carols by either first initials only or by emoji. Players will have to think creatively, and some participants may have some very silly responses, which is always good for a laugh.
Online Brain Buster Games
You can find many resources online that offer Christmas brain teasers. From holiday puzzles to wordplay, there's something for everyone. Many sites offer festive math games too. Use one of these or create your own to test your family and friends in a different way. These puzzles typically use small pictures, like a snowman, Santa or wreath, to represent various numbers. Players have to use logic, process of elimination and some basic algebra skills to figure out what each shape represents and then solve the equations.
Hidden picture games abound online too. You can print these out and provide them to party guests or use them as a festive activity with your children in the days leading up to the holiday. These games hide everyday objects or sometimes just Christmas items in a holiday scene. You're typically told what you need to find. Sometimes, you are provided with a picture of that item (this sort of brain teaser is best for young children), and other times, a description of the item is all you're given.