Target Dollar Find: Brain Benders & Brain Twisters!

While perusing the dollar section in Target yesterday, I happened upon some great cards that I knew would be a perfect fit in my classroom: Brain Benders & Brain Twisters!
On the box, they say Ages 14+, but I definitely think these are doable for my higher-achieving and gifted students. These are typically the kids that are done with an assignment first and I think these will be the perfect way to keep them challenged and excited!

Each set of 36 cards comes with 3-4 questions on the front in blue and has the answers on the back in green or purple (making it easy to tell if you are reading the question or the answer!)

Some are pretty tricky, but others are fun and challenging brain riddles. See if you can solve these:
  • What day follows the day before yesterday if two days from now will be Sunday?
  • What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, and has a bed but never sleeps?
  • A sundial is a timepiece that has the fewest moving parts. What type of timepiece has the most moving parts?
  • What leter would come next in this sequence: M, A, M, J, J, A, S, O, ___
  • and MANY, MANY more!!
I can even picture doing a few of these as a Brain Break or a time filler for the whole class. There are certainly many in here that are short, easy to understand, and require thinking outside of the box- something we all need from time to time :)

Our Target is right next door to Michael's {yay!}, so after I spent a whopping $2 on 2 card sets, I ventured over to see if I could find a nice bin for these cards, and voila!
As luck would have it, they had 40% off these photo cases that are teal (matching my classroom!) and perfectly sized. Here's a close-up for you:
Hopefully you'll find these on sale at your Michael's, too- they are perfectly sized for these cards! They can easily fit two stacks into one bin, but I split them up into two so I can spread the wealth. Another $2 spent, making these fun additions to my class only a bit over $4- I can handle that :)
Lastly, I had to make cute labels for them:
If you'd like a copy of the labels, you can find them HERE. Fonts are from Kevin & Amanda and the frame is from Graphics from the Pond.

I hope your Target has these cards if you're interested :) Did you get the answers to the Brain Twisters above? They are:
  • Thursday- the key is to realize that "now" must be Friday
  • A river
  • An hourglass
  • N for November
Fun fun!


  1. That's a great idea! Were the brain teasers for the older grades only or did they have any for the younger ages? Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Hi Lisa,

      These were the only sets at my Target, but they may have more at others. Some of them are definitely challenging, so the 14+ age applies, but I found most of them pretty accessible and fun :)

      I hope you find some and if you do, let me know!


  2. I loooooooooove that area in target! I swear the people at guest services know me cause I could stand their for an hour! hehehe


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  3. Are those cards about the size of a deck of cards? I'm trying to find containers for decks of cards like those containers.

    1. Hi Erika,

      These cases are for photos, so they measure about 4x6"- probably too big for a deck of cards, but these brain cards were flash card size, so they work perfectly.

      I have seen a few pins that use plastic travel soap cases for decks of cards- that might work?

      Good luck and let me know what you find!


  4. Awww man! I saw those cards & passed them up after seeing the 14 and up. Hopefully there will be some at my target next time I go.

    LOVE those photo holders. I think they could work for cards if you split the pile side by side?

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