The brain as we all know is the most important organ in the human body. It controls and coordinates actions and reactions, allows us to think and feel, and enables us to have memories and feelings. A healthy brain is just as important as a healthy body. Effort must be put in to keep it active all the time. Some of the ways of doing it is exercising, meditating, yoga, playing brain boosting games, eating and sleeping well.
Brain boosting games / activities not only exercises the brain but also helps in improving concentration, focusing ability, attention level, reading / reasoning skills and memory power. Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. As an added bonus, games are also rich in learning opportunities. They satisfy the child’s competitive urges and the desire to master new skills and concepts. Some brain developing activities are as given :
SUDOKU : It offers good exercise and stimulation for the brain. It boosts your skills with numbers and helps you get a smarter brain.
CHESS : Playing chess regularly raises your IQ and increases creativity. It exercises both sides of the brain, increasing originality by requiring the brain to make quick decisions on chess positions and your competitor’s impending moves. Planning your moves in these games increases your problem-solving skills over time and requires your complete concentration to win.
ABACUS : Abacus is an important educational math learning tool for young children. Abacus learning stimulates the whole brain. It improves memory by increasing dopamine production in the brain. Abacus learning also improves Cognitive Skills and Self Esteem. It helps in developing critical thinking and improves problem-solving skills—it makes you smarter.
MONOPOLY : Monopoly combines several strategic and creative abilities to increase brain function. This multi-player game balances constant decisions about budgeting and property acquisition with maintenance of steady business relationships with other players.
CROSSWORD PUZZLES : Crosswords are fun and improve your vocabulary significantly. It boosts communication skills and enhances cognitive and analytical skills. It helps in improving memory power.
SNAKES AND LADDER : Snake & ladder board game develops counting abilities and basic addition skills in children. They also learn pattern of numbers. They can learn this by rolling the dice. Rolling the dice fetches numbers as dots and so they learn the pattern of numbers. It teaches strategy skills to your children, develops teamwork in them, color recognition and moreover it is fun to play.
JIGSAW PUZZLES : Jigsaw puzzle helps you exercise both the parts of your brain. It enhances visual perception thereby improving Hand and Eye Coordination. It also helps in developing critical thinking and heightens creativity.