free printable rebus puzzles for ESL

144 free printable rebus puzzles

Free printable rebus puzzles

Updated 16/11/2021 Some new tricky rebus puzzles have been added (sheets 11 and 12)

These rebus puzzles are a stimulating activity for higher-level ESL learners. They get students thinking laterally and provide enjoyable mental exercise.

Initially, students may find them quite hard but once they get the idea of them they find them much easier. It is best to introduce the concept before handing out the rebus puzzles. Give examples on the board like – CHmadeINA (made in China), IN VADERS (space invaders), and (I love you) by drawing an eye, a heart, and the letter U.

You may also need to give clues for some of the harder ones and you can also make it a group or class exercise and have students work together. Sometimes it works well to draw the 12 blank rectangles on the board and if a student or team has an answer they can run up and write there themselves.

If you like these puzzles, you will for sure want to see the new printable brain teasers with answers pages.

The answers for sheet 1 above are as follows –

1 – For once in my life (four ones in my life)

2 – Forget it

3 – Try to understand

4 – Travel overseas or overseas travel

5 – Breakfast

6 – Downtown

7 – Eyeshadow

8 – Stepfather

9 – Once upon a time

10 – Potatoes (pot 8 O’s)

11 – 3D movie

12 – Top secret

Rebus puzzle sheet 2 solutions

 

1 – Trip around the world or around the world trip

2 – Lemonade

3 – Long legs

4 – advice

5 – Spaceman

6 – Big bad wolf

7 – Many thanks or thanks a lot

8 – Download

9 – No idea

10 – Comfortable

11 – Forty years

12 – Excuse me

Rebus puzzle sheet 3 solutions

 

1 – Forehead

2 – Good looking

3 – Waterfall

4 – Wake up

5 – Tuna fish

6 – Foreign language

7 – Seahorse

8 – Middle-aged

9 – Broken heart

10 – Seesaw

11 – Miss you or missing you

12 – Teabag

Rebus puzzle sheet 4 solutions

1 – Four-wheel drive

2 – Apple pie

3 – Up to  you

4 – Robin Hood

5 – Design

6 – Engineer

7 – Vegetables

8 – Afternoon tea

9 – Camping overnight

10 – Time to go

11 – Long time no see

12 – Polite

Rebus puzzle worksheet 5 solutions

1 – Fishing hook

2 – Farm animal/Animal farm

3 – Touchdown

4 – Honeybee

5 – Cornerstone

6 – Love at first sight

7 – Freeze over

8 – Caveman/Mancave

9 – Catwalk

10 – Hiking in the woods (High king)

11 – Sandbox

12 – Lovebirds

Rebus Puzzle printable 6 answers

1 – Crossbow

2 – Eggs over easy

3 – Coffee break

4 – Multiple choice

5 – Come into season

6 – I’ll get over it

7 – Raincheck

8 – I’m bigger than you

9 – Illegal (ill eagle)

10 – Double agent

11 – Rock n roll

12 – Good afternoon

Rebus puzzle worksheet 7 answers

1 – Look me in the eye

2- Electric blanket

3 – Banknote

4 – One foot in the door

5- Bookcase

6 – Five kilograms overweight

7 – Highway

8 – Way to go

9 – Toothpick

10 – Underdogs

11 – Heartbeat

12 – Light rain

Rebus puzzles free 8 solutions

1 – Sunroof

2 – X-ray

3 – Doghouse

4 – Excuse me

5 – French fry/French fries

6 – Pardon me

7 – Mousetrap

8 – Turnip

9 – Phone numbers

10 – Uproar

11 – Thunderstorm

12 – Weekend

Hard rebus puzzles 9 (places) answers

1 – Cuba

2 -Eiffel Tower

3 – Supermarket

4 – Laundromat

5 – Angkor Wat

6 – Tunnel

7 – Iran

8 – Boxing ring

9 – Mount Rushmore

10 – Finland

11 – Micronesia

12 – Hairdresser

Tricky rebus puzzles 10 answers

1 – Microscope

2 – One night stand

3 – Eye sockets

4 – Houseplant

5 – Neighbourhood

6 – Failure

7 – Headquarters

8 – Blanket

9 – Cut corners

10 – Cocktail

11 – Tennis shoes

12 – Summary

Rebus puzzles 11 answers

1 – Teacup

2 – Fly screen

3 – Metaphor

4 – Leftover/Turnover

5 – Bad influence

6 – Backhand

7 – Sunken

8 – Wise guy

9 – Stay indoors

10 – Crystallise/Crystallize

11 – Elbow

12 – New Zealand

Rebus puzzles 12 answers

1 – Unbroken

2 – Highchair

3 – Foul language

4 – Summer

5 – Cattle (cat ill)

6 – Four seasons

7 – Mutate

8 – Coloring/ For coloring

9 – Indian food

10 – The underdog

11 – The birds and the bees

12 – Tripod.

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