Learning at Home: Free Online Brain Teasers, Mind Games, Puzzles and More!

Bored or stuck at home? Want to limit mindless screen time? Today we’ve put together a list of free brain teasers, optical illusions, puzzles, mind games and more to stimulate brain activity! These are great free tools to get your kiddos brain going, and give your own a wakeup in the process as well.

Brain Teasers

What are Brain Teasers? Brain Teasers are a clever and fun way of challenging your brain! These problem solving games will keep you on your toes and will force you to think outside of the box! Young and old alike will get a brain work out with these Brain Teasers! Check out these free games below:

Optical Illusions

What are Optical Illusions? Optical Illusions are all about visual perception. Optical Illusions deceive the eye and make you think you're seeing something that does not exist or is other than it appears. Optical Illusions are fun for all ages and can really make you think twice about how you view things. Check out these Optical Illusions below!:


What are Riddles? Riddles are a question or sentence that is purposely phrased in a way that requires thorough thought on the correct answer. Riddles are fun and have been used all throughout literature. Try these fun riddles online:

Puzzles and Other Educational Games

Check out this list of free online puzzles and educational games to keep your brain and memory sharp!

Not Quite Free, But Cheap…

We’ve hoped you enjoyed our free resource list above so far. We also wanted to mention a few budget-friendly ways to buy physical items that stimulate the brain and are available from several notable retailers. Below we’ve called out a few of our favorite sections on popular retailer websites and how to score a discount when shopping there.

Barnes & Noble has a whole section of Puzzles, Brain Teasers, and Logic puzzles. Ranging usually between $5 to $20. They offer free curbside pickup or free shipping on $35 or more, plus they’ll often run 50% off sale events or you can score with a Barnes and Noble coupon code from time to time.

Hobby Lobby has dozens of traditional puzzles, as well as tons of fun arts and crafts supplies to keep your brain stimulated and get the creative juices flowing. Often you can score a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon good for a significant discount on a single item! This coupon can be used online or in-store, so don't forget to grab one before you checkout!

Finally, Kohl’s also has a decent selection of brainteasers in their Toys section. Often many of these are on sale or on clearance and can pair nicely with an extra discount as Kohl’s very frequently offers between 15% - 25% off when using a Kohl’s promo code at checkout. Find fun mindbenders like Kanoodle, Mini Mysteries, Rubik's Cube and additionally browse popular brands like Educational Insights, Melissa & Doug, YAY! and more.


We hope you enjoy this list of activities, we’ve been mindful when putting together this list of over 50 freebies that stimulate your brain! Feel free to get in touch if you have other suggestions to add to the list.