Brain teasers and puzzles are something everyone can do and offer many benefits for cognitive health. Children’s brain teaser games are more straightforward than those designed for adults and made to grab their attention quickly, and also provide a change to conventional learning. There are loads of ways to include brain teaser games into your child’s or pupils lives, using apps on a smartphone or tablet, a quick search online or books filled with various puzzles and games.

Brain teasers help stimulate a child’s cognitive abilities, as well as assisting them to improve sitting still and staying focussed on one task. Read on to see why children need brain teaser games as part of their learning routine.

It Sharpens the Thinking Process

A brain teaser is essentially a thinking puzzle, using logic to find the answer. Although the riddle or sudoku they are trying to solve may be simple, you need to implement a different process of thinking to solve it. Lateral thinking, or solving problems with an indirect or creative approach, is often used and helps you come to a solution from a different angle. As brain teasers are designed to stretch your mind, you are encouraged to think of coming at the problem in an alternative way, a practice which can help children later in life.

Exercises the Mind

Brain teasers and puzzles exercise the mind in a different way to conventional learning. Like any other muscle, we need to keep our brain in shape and keep up our mental strength, and starting from an early age helps. Maintaining an exercised mind can help with children’s school work, physical activities and the ability to adapt to new things much quicker. Playing a variety of brain teasers and puzzles helps with this, and they are suitable for everyone. Try doing riddles, sudoku, crosswords, solitaire or solving a Rubik’s cube; doing a mixture of brain teasers is better than just one.

Improves Concentration

Concentration and focus is something all young children struggle with, due to shorter attention spans. Doing a stimulating and fun brain teaser or puzzle will encourage children to stay focused on one problem for longer until it is solved. A brain teaser they can get lost in helps to improve concentration, particularly if it is the right balance of simple and difficult. Something too easy is quickly abandoned, and a puzzle which is too hard can create anger and reluctance to try again. Make sure any brain teaser you choose is age and ability appropriate, and encourage the child to keep going with the game.

Stimulates Creativity

As mentioned above, brain teasers require lateral thinking and finding creative solutions. Children’s creativity should be encouraged, and a brain teaser can help boost this. The need to think outside the box to solve a puzzle can be applied to other areas of their learning, from art to creative writing as well as playing games with their friends. Creative thinking can also be used for subjects that have stricter rules such as mathematics and science if it helps a pupil learn better.

Improves Memory

Memory games are played with children from a very early age, as it is a starting point for learning and retaining information. Doing brain puzzles which require good memory is an activity children should continue to do, as the skills they learn for a game can be applied to school work, tests and quizzes in class. Best of all, children won’t even realise they are training their memory with brain teaser games, making it a fun activity which doesn’t feel like work.

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Published On: March 7th, 2019 / Categories: News, Pre-prep /