I M O K. U R O K.: You Can Make Sentences Without Words!

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Can you read the sentence "I C U"? Not really - but if you say each letter aloud, you'll say the simple sentence, "I see you." What if you change the "C" into a picture of an eye? A rebus is a kind of puzzle that adds pictures to letter and numbers to make words. In this activity you'll decipher several rebuses and create your own.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • the word puzzles on the web page
  • pencil and paper (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
      • Perception

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Murphy, Pat ; Klages, Ellen ; Shore, Linda


  • All rights reserved, The Exploratorium, 1998