Teach Through Games: Visual Brainstorms

Teach Through Games: Visual Brainstorms

Age level: Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School

I love this game so much, and I think you’ll love it to. Be sure to enter for your chance to win a copy!

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Description: ThinkFun presents 100 brainteasers with humorous illustrations. There are several categories of brainteasers, so with a little bit of prep you can select not only the appropriate level but also of the appropriate type of questions for your learner. Another aspect of these cards that I love is that each one contains a bonus question, and if you see the icon that looks like an eye (on the bottom right of the illustration below) then you know there will be a visual bonus question that requires players to remember a detail from the illustration.


The front of the card includes a great illustration, a color coded symbol (the fact to the left of the title) to show difficulty level, the brainteaser, and an “eye” symbol if there is an additional visual recall challenge.

Skills & Modifications: There are very few modifications you can make with an activity such as this. Fortunately, ThinkFun has provided so opportunities for you. First, there are three different levels, which are very easy to identify based no the borders of the cards (green is easy, blue is hard, and red is very hard.)


Logical Thinking/Abstract Thinking/Problem Solving – These cards provide many opportunities to work on both logical thinking and abstract thinking. It may be valuable to separate out the cards that are in a category your learner has a strength in, such as coded messages, then introducing other more challenging cards over time.

Spatial Skills – Many of the puzzles included in this game require spatial skills in order to solve the problems. If your learner is motivated by the pictures and/or activities, this might be a great avenue for addressing spatial skills.

Pros: I love that this can be played independently or as part of teams. Another pro is the clearly marked levels so you can select the appropriate cards for your learner. A final aspect of this game that I love is many learners with autism are very strong in visual activities, which means they can participate well in these puzzles with same-age peers.

Cons: The only con is that you can’t modify the activity much. Take a look at the cards to determine if they’re the best fit for your learner and his/her current skill level.

visua-6550-loresspillCost: $14.99 You should invest in this game if: you have a learner who is highly motivated by visual activities, you are seeking ways to engage your learner in team activities, or your learner enjoys puzzles.



Visual Brainteasers was provided to me for free by the company ThinkFun to write about here. This did not influence my opinions on the game. The thoughts and ideas above are all my own.

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