Memory Enhancement Games

Even even educated individuals will pause for a moment, unsure if the brain is a muscle or an organ, before answering this question: “Is the brain a muscle or an organ?” The simple and correct response is that the brain is an organ; nonetheless, it’s easy to see how this topic could perplex those of us who aren’t anatomists. In many respects, our brains behave like muscles, the most evident of which is that they can be exercised.

If you decided to do push-ups every day for 30 days, you’d see a difference in your arms: greater definition and muscle tone (or at least you should if you’re doing them correctly!). Though “brain exercise” does not produce the same outwardly evident outcomes as “exercise,” you will notice the difference in other ways.

For 30 days, try setting out a half-hour each day with your kids for enjoyable brain teasers like offbeat questions, tongue twisters, crossword puzzles, math riddles, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, and riddles.

The following are some of the outcomes you may “see” in your children (and perhaps yourself):

Memory enhancement (critical thinking)

Improved concentration
Increased problem-solving reaction time
Problem-solving abilities have improved.

Furthermore, spending time together working on something educational and entertaining is a terrific way for parents and their children to bond. Both you and your children will gain the benefits of this well-spent time if you can make it a regular practice.

We’ll get you started with ten entertaining, low-cost or no-cost brain-training options below.

Is the dress blue and black or white and gold? Brain Teasers Using Optical Illusions
Everyone recalls the outfit that went viral, causing controversy and showcasing the power (and popularity) of optical illusions. Introducing optical illusions to your children is a fantastic method to challenge their minds, promote debate, and pique their interest.

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Forming Shapes of Two Ladies Talking Optical Illusion
Is it a duck or a rabbit, or both? You can print off several well-known optical illusions from a variety of free internet resources and then ask your children to name the first thing they notice in the image. See if you can see any trends in your family’s perception of optical illusions (for example, do right-handed family members perceive optical illusions differently from left-handed family members? Is there a consistent pattern across age groups or genders?)

Find the difference between one of these things and the other.

“Spot the difference” is a classic children’s brain teaser game, and you’re never too old to push your mind with these fun challenges. There are several free internet resources for finding and printing your own, and they are also a regular part of the popular children’s magazine Highlights. You can even go one step further and dare your youngster to challenge you. To put mom and dad to the test, have them create their own “spot the difference” set of photographs. Encourage them to draw what they see. For example, your youngster might draw two representations of his own room, one of which might be missing the bedside lamp.

Try a sound chain game to help your child’s memory (and, by extension, your own). It works like this: each individual in the chain makes a single sound. A snap, a clap, a whistle, or any other sound you can make with your body will suffice. (Don’t be surprised if your kids want to include the well-known “armpit fart” in their sound chain.) After all, they’re kids!) The idea is for you to repeat the first person’s sound and then add your own, with a new sound added each time someone takes a turn. As a result, the chain may become whistle, clap, snap, stomp, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap You continue the game until someone breaks the pattern. This is a wonderful way to get everyone in your family to work on their memory.

For a Reason, Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes is a Classic!

This one has been passed down through the years and is still a favorite among children today. Playing Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes has the added benefit of engaging both your children’s minds and bodies. Use the game to start a conversation about how brain and physical activity are related, and to teach your kids about the need of maintaining both their minds and bodies in good shape. Also, here’s a pro tip for parents: Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes is a terrific way to stress the need of stretching. Moms and parents may feel the pressure if they move from head to toes too quickly.

The Classic Alphabet Game is a great way to up the ante.

The majority of us are aware of many alphabet games for children. For example, you may begin by mentioning a city that begins with the letter A, then another that begins with the letter B, and so on. Instead, you might put your students to the test by asking for three or even five items each letter. Players might respond with replies like “A: apple, almonds, and arugula. B: bananas, beef, and beets” while playing a round of the alphabet games for food. Keep going as long as you can, and with so many categories to explore, this brain teaser game’s possibilities are endless. Brain puzzles based on the letters of the alphabet are often a fun way to pass the time on lengthy road trips.

This Isn’t a Scavenger Hunt Like Your Grandmother’s
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Scavenger hunts are another perennial favorite and a kid rite of passage. They don’t have to be boring or predictable, and there’s no reason to go for the simple or lazy option of “finding anything green in the yard.” Requests like “bring back a plant with sheath leaves” or “bring home a sedimentary rock” will make it more difficult. Turn it into “bring home a sedimentary rock and then write up a rap about it!” to add some goofy fun. These types of tasks are obviously better suited to older children, but it’s still OK to ask smaller children to simply discover something green!

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Make it a practice to work the crossword puzzle and/or Sudoku with older kids if you still get a daily paper (the real, physical sort). One of the finest ways to strengthen your mind is to perform a simple crossword puzzle, and it’s a great habit to instill in children from an early age. While newspaper crosswords may be too challenging for younger children, there are numerous free crossword resources online as well as inexpensive crossword books available at local discount stores.

Make the Connection Word Games is a word game in which you must make a connection between two words.

Another enjoyable game to play with your kids is to see how well they can connect two words. This is how it works: you tell your youngster to create a relationship between the words “tennis” and “noise.” What is the solution? Racket! “Bed and paper” is another example. What is the common thread? It’s a sheet! Encourage your children to play “make the link” games with you.

This time, do everything in reverse.

Reversing some of the most common items they are asked to memorize is a fun approach to promote brain function and challenge your kids. Give your children the duty of reciting the days of the week in reverse order, for example (or even alphabetical order). They’ve been counting down the days of the week since they were toddlers, but getting them to change their habits takes a lot of effort. You can also challenge them to reverse-spell their own names or recite the months of the year in this manner. Another interesting activity is to have children name as many words as they can that are the same when spelled backwards, such as “mom” or “bob.”