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Rebus Puzzles

Updated on September 10, 2014

Picture Puzzles That Spell Out Words

Rebus puzzles are picture puzzles, in case the word "rebus" sounds queer to your ear.

Each picture is part of a word or phrase. Another option used to make a rebus is to use only letters to form a puzzle. The formation or layout of the words or letters is important to solving the puzzle.

The picture puzzle on the bottom left of the book shown here spells out "First Rate." This is an example of an easy rebus puzzle.

Photo of MindWare Word Winks courtesy of Amazon. Check out this fun rebus puzzle book.

Harry Potter Rebus Puzzle

Rebus Puzzles for Kids to Buy on Amazon

Easy Word Games: Building Language Skills Through Rhymes, Hink Pinks, Rebus Riddles, and More
Easy Word Games: Building Language Skills Through Rhymes, Hink Pinks, Rebus Riddles, and More

Give a child a rebus puzzle book and help them begin figuring out these riddles. Soon they'll be doing them on their own.


Common Rebus Phrases

Here are some common pictures and symbols

that are used in rebus puzzles where the picture

makes up part of a word or phrase:

bee = sounds like be

sheep = stands for ewe (or you)

knot = sounds like not

can of food = sounds like can

Rebus Puzzles to Buy for Kids - Get the Thinking Cap on!

Many texting symbols are

similar to deciphering a rebus puzzle:

GR + 8

L + 8


Rebus Puzzles for Adults

Fun rebus puzzles from bloggers and more.

Do a quick online search and you'll find lots of free rebus puzzles to do with your kids. And if you want to do them, that's okay, too.

Pictograms ~ Picture Puzzles

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    • anjamac profile image


      4 years ago

      Great puzzles, i love doing them

    • neotony profile image


      5 years ago

      these are great stocking stuffers. it's a very interesting and successful technique for learning.

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      5 years ago

      Rebus puzzles are great stocking stuffers for year round challenging fun that will be sure to delight....and a nice alternative to video games for sure!

    • EMangl profile image


      5 years ago

      i make some for my daughter

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      6 years ago

      I loved these when I was a kid. Could still be good fun now I suppose.

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      6 years ago

      I've never been good at rebus puzzles. Perhaps I should exercise my mind more and give them a try, again! Although, I do love a Far Side coffee mug I bought for my husband. It shows Godzilla driving a car with the license plate I8NY. Pretty funny, huh?

    • Board-Game-Brooke profile image

      C A Chancellor 

      6 years ago from US/TN

      Interesting -- I'm not sure I've seen rebus puzzles before. They look kind of hard... I guess my brain isn't as flexible as it used to be.

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I used to love these types of puzzles - may have to go find a new one or two :)

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look like fun, a great idea for Christmas stockings.

    • chezchazz profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      When my son was a pre-schooler, his favorite book was a rebus that we would read together. I would read the words and he would read the pictures. Thanks for reminding me of how much fun that was.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Sometimes these really stump vanity license plates in a way, aren't they? In code.... lol Didn't know the name of these puzzles, but I do now. :)

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      6 years ago

      I love rebus puzzles - thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      I have such a hard time with these! lol

    • malena10 profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes, very much, it is so much fun!


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