19 Christmas brain teasers the whole family will love

Sometimes our brains get a little foggy around the holidays with the amount of stress we’re typically under. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and build up some brainpower with these tricky brain teasers. How many can you solve?

Snowman maths

Can you figure out what number the lanterns, snowmen, and trees represent to solve the final equation?

The lampposts are the number 15, the snowmen are the number 4, and the trees are the number 3. Then in the last equation, a light post with only one light would represent the number 5. If you go by the order of operations, 3 multiplied by 4 is 12, then if you add 15 and subtract 5 you’ll get 22.

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Nutcracker puzzle

There are ten differences in these pictures. Can you find them all?

Did you find the ten differences?

Maze to the sleigh

Find Santa’s way through the maze to his sleigh.

Did you find Santa’s way to his sleigh filled with gifts?

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Sugarplum maths

First, find out what numbers the mitten, ornament, and tree represent.

The ornament represents the number 6, the mitten represents the number 2, and the tree, 7. In total, the ornament, the mitten, and the tree add up to 15. Did you get the correct sum?

The missing piece

Find the puzzle piece that perfectly fits in the empty spot.

Puzzle piece number two.

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Let it snow

Match the pairs of identical snowflakes. The angle of rotation does not matter.

The pairs that are identical are 1 and 12, 2 and 11, 3 and 10, 4 and 9, 5 and 8, and 6 and 7.

Skiing snowman

The shadow in the bottom row all the way to the left matches the skiing snowman.

Two Santas

Can you spot all 11 differences in these two pictures?

How many did you get?

Snowman twins

Which two snowmen are identical?

If you guessed snowman number three and number eight you are correct.

Find the two gift boxes that are exactly the same.

The two boxes with the leaf pattern on them are the same.

Can you spot the seven differences between the two gingerbread pictures?

Did you get all seven of them?

Elves galore

See if you can find the ten differences in these two photos.

Did you spot the differences in the photos, including the snowman and cat?

Christmas maze

Which house is each toy or treat going to?

Hat: 4; Cake: 7; Toy: 1; Car: 5; Mitten: 6; Stocking: 3; Star: 2

Similar stockings

Which two stockings are exactly the same?

The first stocking in the second row is identical to the fourth stocking in the last row.

Santa winter scene

See if you can find the ten differences in these two pictures of Santas with some snowmen and reindeer.

Did you spot them all?

Toys for all

Which toy belongs to each child?

The first boy gets the truck, the first girl gets the rabbit, the second girl gets the doll, and the second boy gets the books.

Bright, shining tree

Which missing piece fits into the tree?

Circle number four is the missing piece.

Help Santa deliver presents

Find the path that Santa should take to deliver presents to every chimney. Use ladders and stairs to climb from level to level, and don’t let Santa jump up or climb any walls.

Did you find the right path?

Mismatched mittens

Find the mitten that has no pair.