Brain teasers puzzles and other word play activities are all a great way to encourage spelling skills vocabulary development. On this page, you'll solve several magic word squares. Warning: Some are quite difficult.
We also have several easier
magic word squares that are great for kids of all ages.
In a magic word square, the same words are spelled across and down. Here's a simple example of a 3-letter by 3-letter square.
See if you can solve each of these challenging brain teaser puzzles and work some magic of your own. (Don't worry! I'll supply clues for all the words in each puzzle!)
Here's a preview of the printable pages. Use the link to get all the printable word puzzles and answers. The full text also appears below for your convenience.
1. Use these clues to complete the puzzle. These clues are written in the same order that the words appear in the puzzle.
B. not odd
This time, the clues are not
in the correct order.
One letter is placed in the puzzle to help you get started.
C. makes a mistake
Once again, the clues are not in the correct order, and one letter has been placed in the puzzle.
B. a muddle
C. group of players
In this magic square, you need to place five-letter words in the puzzle. These clues are in the correct order.
B. edible bulb
D. rich cake
In this magic square, you need to place five-letter words in the puzzle. These clues are not in order. Two letters have been placed for you.
B. subsequent to
C. criminal burning of property
D. macaroni, spaghetti, etc.
E. stalks of flowers
Here’s the final magic square challenge. The clues are not in order.
B. birds’ homes
D. past tense of stand
You can view all of the answers here.
If you want a tough challenge, try this pair of brain teasers puzzles for adults and upper grade students. You'll have to figure out which words are spelled incorrectly, and use those as hints to uncover hidden messages. Unique, difficult and FUN!
Questions and Answers - Quick word transformations,
brainstorming and word play challenges
An Impossible Brain
Teaser? - Sure, the directions are tricky, but adults and
upper grade students can solve this the first time, right?
Travel Teaser - One of our most difficult logic brain teasers. Can you figure out who went where and when?
Hidden Words - Put your logic skills to the test on this entertaining word brain teaser.
Learning Locations - You have probably heard of these 22 American colleges and universities. But do you know where they're located? Find out when you try this challenging crossword puzzle!
Doctor, Doctor! Supply the names of 20 different kinds of medical specialists. Will you pass your check-up?
Second Place Trivia - Can you name the second longest river, the second least densely populated country, and more? Try this challenging free crossword puzzle and find out!
Anagram Crossword: Can you choose the correct anagram for each five-letter clue to correctly complete this puzzling puzzler???
Synonym Crossword: Can you solve this mammoth-sized challenge? For each clue you must select a synonym that fits into the diagram.
- Try one of our new Silent Spelling Bee variations. A
quiet--twist on a classic game! Students love to spelling GAMES as a nice change from rote practice, and these spelling bee variations are two of the best group games. You may also enjoy this Spelling Baseball Group Game.
Try our Online Spelling Game for Homonym Practice! Best for upper elementary, middle school, high school students and even adults. Fun and easy to use.
spelling reproducibles - Mini word
search puzzles: Students must spot the correct spelling of
- Find the spelling errors on these whimsical boxes. One of
our most popular pages!
It Pay$ to $ Spell!: Combine math skills and spelling practice in these fun pages that you can use with any spelling words throughout the year.
Croaky Meets the Plumber and Extra Letters Worksheets: Students chose the correctly spelled words to complete an interesting story or eliminate extra letters to solve a word puzzle. Based on our sixth grade spelling word list.
Pull-Apart Synonyms - Extremely challenging free word scramble game! Can you pull apart these letters, without rearranging them, to spell a pair of synonyms? Is this as easy as it sounds???
Cryptogram Worksheet: Puzzle page for upper grades. Includes instructions so students, parents or teachers can make more cryptogram puzzles with any word list. One of our best types of brain teasers puzzles.