Rebus rhymes and stories are great for young children who are just beginning to learn to read. There are pictures instead of words throughout the story and rhyme. These can really make reading fun, entertaining, and hopefully, help children develop a love of reading.
Some rebus stories have the picture and the word to help kids learn to read. Some have only the picture and child fills in the word.
Another type of rebus is a puzzle using words and numbers, sometimes called a pictogram puzzle. Rebus puzzles use pictures, symbols, and letters to represent a word or words.
These are really great for kids or adults because you have to use both sides of your brain. They are like mental exercises for a healthy mind.
The key to unlocking a rebus word puzzle, or a word picture puzzle, is the location of the letters or words. That has a bearing on the answer.
Here are a few examples:
HEELS which means “head over heels.”
A famous use of a rebus puzzle was the television game show "Concentration." It was a matching game, but each match uncovered a part of a rebus puzzle. The rebus puzzle was sometimes like an equation, where you had to add letters and pictures together to come up with the words they were representing.
Some examples of rebuses are:
Pictures and symbols commonly used in rebus puzzles:
There are many sites online that have rebus puzzles.
If you enjoy word games and puzzles or are looking for some rebuses for classroom use, here are some Internet resources which are particularly good for teachers:
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