Rebus Stories

Barbara J. Feldman

A rebus uses pictures or symbols to represent words or parts of words. Some are brainteasers,
such the rebus puzzles at Fun-with-Words.com. But today’s sites feature rebus stories for emergent readers, where the pictures are either substituted for certain words, or simply added along with the words.

  • ABCTeach: Rebus4 stars

    ABCTeach brings us a dozen, printable rebus stories in black and white, reserving the color versions for paying members. Each three or four-page PDF includes not just the story, but also a simple worksheet with an activity such as a word search , fill-in-the-blank, or mix-and-match puzzle. More preschool activities can found by exploring the Subjects topic in the breadcrumb navigation menu near the top of the page.

  • Education World: Features from Highlights for Children5 stars

    The twelve printable rebus stories at Education World are compliments of Highlights for Children, taken directly from the pages of the iconic print magazine. The illustrations and the story lines are delightful, making this a “must-see” stop on today’s rebus stories tour. FYI, there are no missing words in these stories. The little illustrations simply sit next to the words they represent. Other printables from the magazine include Hidden Pictures ® Puzzles and Crafts. Do you remember Highlights for Children from your childhood? I do. The Hidden Pictures ® were my favorite feature.

  • Enchanted Learning: Rebus Rhymes5 stars

    For a really big collection of rebus stories, no one beats Enchanted Learning and their rebus nursery rhymes: there are more than a hundred rhymes here. From “Ants Go Marching” to “Yankee Doodle,” the nursery rhymes are grouped by topic and also listed alphabetically. These pages are not in PDF, so printing will include all the extraneous stuff from the web page. And, like those at Education World, there are no missing words in the rhymes. The pictures simply illustrate the rhyme.

  • MyRebus5 stars

    Rather than a collection of rebus stories, MyRebus is a tool that will create rebus puzzles from anything you type. “Enter your message in the box below, click ‘create’, and your rebus will popup. When you are done, you can send it to a friend as a puzzle.” The resulting brainteasers are not for the preschool crowd, but this discovery was just so much fun, I had to include it in today’s picks!

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Rebus Stories." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 12 Aug. 2008. Web. 8 Oct. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/rebus-stories/ >.


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