Creative Thinking Task Cards - Word Links - 128 Lateral Thought Puzzles

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Rachel Lynette
Grade Levels
2nd - 12th, Homeschool
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128 Task Cards + Digital Versions
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I LOVE the game tribond but the cards were just a little too difficult for my students. These cards are perfect for kids and its a fun challenge built into our morning meeting.
These are AWESOME! I use them at he beginning of ELA to get the students thinking! They LOVE trying to figure them out! I love all of Rachel Lynette's products!
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Use these 126 critical thinking cards to help your students gain fluency with lateral thinking.

Similar to the board game, TriBonds, each card requires students to come up with one word that links the three words on each card together. For example, the words, “camp,” “place,” and “wild,” are linked by the word “fire.” These cards can be used by students from grade four all the way to adults (try them yourself!).



  • 128 Task Cards (prints 6 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color

  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys


  • Google Slides
  • Easel Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Card to extend the lesson

Great for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade! 


This resource is part of a money-saving bundle!

NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable. 

The cards are numbered from 1-126, but can easily be divided into four sets of 32 cards each. The answer sheet has room for 32 answers, so simply print as many as you need. The answer keys are also divided into sets of 32, so you can use just one set of cards along with the corresponding answer key. In addition, there are four cover cards and a set of blank cards which your students can use to make up their own!

There are many ways to use these cards. They would be great at a center or as part of a game. Another option is to use one card at a time with a small group or the entire class.

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ "I use thinking puzzle slides like this at the beginning of each Zoom class to get my gifted young students thinking. Sometimes I have them put their answer in the chat so that they don't see other answers first. Other times I take volunteers. Either way, students then explain their answer choice. It gets kids thinking creatively and logically and expands vocabulary, helping those who didn't think of the answer as well. Thank you!" -Jennifer M.

✏️ "These are AWESOME! I use them at he beginning of ELA to get the students thinking! They LOVE trying to figure them out! I love all of Rachel Lynette's products!" -Dawnell G.

✏️ "Extremely multi-functional cards! We have used in lessons about main idea and supporting details, to kick-start our morning message, as a classroom management tool to gather the students' attention, etc." -Larua R.



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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

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This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. 

If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses from TpT. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom

SKU: 626927

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128 Task Cards + Digital Versions
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