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Dingbats are visual word puzzles from which a well known phrase or saying has to be identified. They are derived from the board game that was devised by Paul Sellars. Although similar in concept to the puzzles that were used in TV's "Catchphrase", dingbats generally rely on text rather than pictures, the picture style being more correctly known as a "REBUS". The principle is however just the same, or as Roy Walker would have said, "Just Say What You See!!!"


Here are a couple of downloadable example sheets: -

  • Dingbats 1                                        Answers
  • Dingbats 2                                        Answers


Thanks to the overwhelming interest in this section here are another two sheets to download.

  • Dingbats 3                                        Answers
  • Dingbats 4                                        Answers


Here's the lastest sheets, I hope you enjoy them.

  • Dingbats 5                                         Answers


I've come up with some Christmas ones, give these a try!


Here are some new ones with a WEDDING theme, let me know how you get on!!



As this year [2012] is the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, I thought some Royal Dingbats would go down well.


I recently had a request for some prison related dingbats for a charity event,(comment #38). I realise that these may have a limited appeal but give them a go anyway.


With the Olympic games approaching these Olympic Dingbats may come in handy.

 These were compiled for a military wedding and therefore all have a "military" theme.

Here are the latest ones based on phrases you might hear in schools, give them a try.


For more dingbats then visit my other site www.kensdingbats.co.uk



0 #95 Wayjo 2014-03-13 22:32
Quoting Kenneth Kelly:

cant get this one - helpppppppppppppppp

-2 #94 Kenneth Kelly 2014-01-23 20:53

cant get this one - helpppppppppppp pppp
0 #93 Michaela 2014-01-22 19:38
Hi Ken
Teaching WW1 poetry and looking for a quick starter for the students befire studying Mental Cases by Wilfred Owen - any ideas? Also any other WW1 dingbats? Thank you
0 #92 the busy bee 2014-01-16 21:41
I'm looking for Song Dingbats and Game Dingbats
0 #91 Doreen Robinson 2014-01-10 15:03
I do a Quiz every Monday afternoon at a local Nursing Home & have to cater for all ages & abilities. Your quizzes are invaluable, brilliant & free. I choose 40 questions each week & everyone has a very enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks & keep up the excellent work.
+1 #90 Peter Haigh 2013-12-26 23:26
Hi, a large dark "O" centred over an outline capitals "GRAHAM" ... the only one out of 60 we cannot do, driving us mad! Peter
+5 #89 AliceMary 2013-12-03 00:36
hello i love this game where can i buy the actual game.... i really want to get it please let me know as soon as possible
+3 #88 Brian Samuels 2013-11-12 07:35
:lol: Just brilliant!!! Many Many thanks!!!!
+3 #87 Lou 2013-11-05 16:28
Thanks so much for your sheets. I do a quiz every month and use your site a lot. Thank you once again.
+2 #86 Sioux 2013-10-08 00:19
Hi Ken,

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for these dingbats. I'm an English teacher at secondary school and these are great starters or plenaries to get them thinking about the skill of inference.

Keep them coming the kids are really loving them.


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