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“A Festive Feast” Brain Teaser Game
Students will love cracking the riddle behind this mystery word game!

The Set-Up: Announce to students that you are having a Festive Feast for Thanksgiving and they are all invited! Then explain that there is only one rule: Each student must bring something to the party, but it must be something that is appropriate for the Festive Feast. Then give examples such as, “Tara is bringing turkey, Susie is bringing salad, and Ben is bringing balloons. What will you bring?” (Note: The “rule” is that students must bring something that starts with the same letter as their first name. But do not reveal this rule to your students. Instead, challenge them to figure out why Tara can bring a turkey, but Ben cannot.)

Playing the Game: Ask students to stand up at their desks. Then ask for a volunteer to start. One at a time, you will ask students to say their name and what they would like to bring. Then you will tell them if they are allowed to come to the Feast. (For example, if Jesse says, “I am Jesse and I would like to bring jelly!” then smile and say, “Come on in!” But if Jesse says, “I am Jessie and I would like to bring rolls,” then respond with “I’d love to have you at the Festive Feast, but I’m afraid that you cannot bring rolls.” You may even want to add as an extra hint: “Robert may bring rolls, but Jesse, you cannot. I’m sorry.”) At first, students may be stumped, but soon, they will begin to catch on—and they will love the challenge of unlocking the mystery!

Once a student has been admitted to the Festive Feast, have her sit down at her desk. (As students figure out the game, they may be tempted to reveal the secret to others, so you may want to remind them not to spoil the mystery and allow others to try to figure out the rule on their own!) Throughout the game, be sure to emphasize the beginning letters of the names with the items so that students begin to catch on more quickly.

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