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Brain Workout - 10 Mind Games For Your Child

Sugandha Tiwari
3 to 7 years

Created by Sugandha Tiwari
Updated on Mar 27, 2018

Brain Workout 10 Mind Games For Your Child

Important life skills like problem solving do not always develop by themselves, they need to be taught. For this, you need activities that encourage understanding. In the long run your child should be able to break down information in parts, put the learnt content together and ask meaningful questions on the same.

Unfortunately, our children spend more than half of their time in school rote learning and reproducing notes, sometimes with zero understanding and application. Academic learning often fails to provide enough food to develop different parts of the brain. Games like the abacus definitely make children confident and sharper to some extent, but not necessarily intelligent and observant enough to solve a wide range of real life problems and tricky situations. Read on to find out how you can help your child develop these important skills.

10 Games That Can Give Your Child A Brain Workout

These games and activities can help your child develop their problem solving skills, while having fun together!

  1. Guess what:

    Design verbal games to help them process information. Take any ordinary, everyday object and think up some clues to help your child guess what it is. For e.g., “it’s a piece of paper, has four corners, is tied to a string and flies like a bird in the air” – Kite
  2. Odd one out:

    Help develop your child’s analytical skills through this is simple game
    • You present a set of objects, pictures or words and your child has to identify what does not belong in the presented category, what stands out as odd, or which object has nothing in common with the others, for e.g. Dining table, sofa, refrigerator, and cupboard
    • Ask reasons for his/her answer to help encourage logical deduction
  3. Word chain:

    This simple word association game helps exercise your child’s brain and develop their vocabulary. Give him/her a category of objects for e.g. Desserts’, ‘summer’, ‘space’ - and ask him/her to think of as many words as possible in this category
  4. Listen for the repeated word:

    Good listening skills are essential for proper communication and for effectively processing information
    • Say a few words in series and repeat one single word in a pattern
    • Then ask your child to identify the repeated word
    • For e.g. “Crab, chocolate, carrot, crab, cucumber, cream, juice, crab bottle, socks, board, crab” …and so on
  5. Board games and puzzles:

    Board games are a fun family activity and help develop your child’s problem solving skills, while working in a team. For e.g. Battleship, Monopoly, or jigsaw puzzles
  6. Discuss social stories:

    Help your child develop their emotional intelligence and empathy by discussing social issues
    • You could pick a story from the news, or even create a fictional situation
    • Discuss the characters’ emotions and feelings and how they handle and resolve situations
    • Encourage your child to share his/her thoughts, feelings and opinions
  7. Project work:

    Working on small projects with your child can help develop their planning abilities and problem solving skills
    • From the starting idea to the finished product - write the process in simple steps on flash cards using simple words and sentences, along with pictures
    • Make a separate list of all the things that would be required. If those things are unavailable, go to the market together and buy them
  8. Encourage questions:

    Create opportunities to ask questions like “What do we do next, what else do we need to finish the task, what are the different ways we can use an object, etc. For e.g., you are preparing food in kitchen, involve him/her with you and seek their assistance once in a while
  9. Think of solutions:

    Create situations in the form of a story and let your child think of a possible solution. Think of random situations related to your immediate environment and ask him/her to think of possible solutions, for e.g.,” Oh! The puppy is not eating food today, what do we now? What else can we make for him? Is he okay and feeling good?”
  10. End the story your way:

    Let them think of a suitable ending for their favorite story. You will be surprised to hear some interesting versions. You may at times a different version of the same story

A few important points to keep in mind during these activities:

  1. Do not point out any errors your child makes such as spelling, pronunciation, etc. during the activity, as that disrupts their flow and imagination
  2. You can make a note of any errors and discuss them after the activity
  3. It is important to let them make and learn from their own mistakes!
  4. Encourage questions and be patient with your little one
  5. Remember to keep it light and have fun!

Always remember the intention of playing such games is not to make your child smarter by acquiring more information, but to exercise their thinking and reasoning skills. The complexity of each game can be increased as per your child’s interest and performance level. Try games that really stretch their brains and make sure they are well supported by appropriate input. Children are hungry to learn new things and ways of seeing the world!

Did you find Sugandha’s activities to help develop problem solving skills useful? How do you teach your child basic life skills? Do share your experiences and learnings with us in the comments section below. We love hearing from you!

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| Jun 23, 2018

thank you so much for this blog. .. it's help me a lot.

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| Jun 22, 2018

Amazing. Great info. Thank u Sugandha

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| Jun 22, 2018

amazing thanx a lot mam

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| Jun 22, 2018

lovely and concise things that can be done practically! thank you so much!

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| Jun 22, 2018

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| Jun 22, 2018

Well thought out article. Very informative. Thank you.

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| Jun 22, 2018

Hi I m mother of 3 year boy he was just started school going he cry a lot even he is very active in house playing with his elder sister but in school he is not participate in any activity.... I m very tense.

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| Jun 21, 2018

very useful

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| Apr 08, 2018

very informative.. tysm

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| Mar 29, 2018

Very useful post,thank u so much.

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| Mar 28, 2018

very useful.. thanks

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| Mar 28, 2018

vryyy fruitful post.. we sit idle nd think how to get d kids Buzee.... best way is here

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| Mar 28, 2018

nice

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| Mar 28, 2018

very informative blog. thanks for the blog

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| Mar 28, 2018

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| Mar 28, 2018

very useful

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| Mar 27, 2018

it is very useful for us engage our kids in this vacation thank u so much

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| Mar 27, 2018

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| Mar 27, 2018

superb.....

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| Aug 28, 2017

Board games like chess and ludo not only ensure that your pre-schooler has fun but also boost his brain capacity. Let us look at six such games. https://www.parentcircle.com/article/top-6-brain-boosting-games-for-pre-schoolers/

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| Aug 22, 2017

thanks it's really useful

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| Jul 26, 2017

very informative. it will help a lot..

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| Jul 22, 2017

Thank you lovely parents for reading the blog, I am happy that I could contribute to your life. Kindly suggest more topics on which you would like to read.

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| Jul 21, 2017

Very useful ideas.... Thank you

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| Jul 19, 2017

liked it. will try

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| Jul 19, 2017

Very informative.. Thanks a lot for such wonderful solutions and tips which really helps parents like us who live in nuclear families

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| Jul 19, 2017

Amazing ideas

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| Jul 19, 2017

very nice games

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| Jul 19, 2017

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| Jul 19, 2017

Thank you for giving such wonderful ideas. it must helps us.

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| Jul 19, 2017

good ideas...

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| Jul 19, 2017

Interesting, will give a try

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| Jul 19, 2017

thank you so much

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| Jul 19, 2017

Its a good help thank

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| Jul 19, 2017

very helpful

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| Jul 19, 2017

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| Jul 19, 2017

superb solutions, definitely helpful

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| Jul 19, 2017

thanku you thanku u sooo much

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| Jul 19, 2017

I'm always looking for easy new activities to do with my daughter. great inputs!

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| Jul 19, 2017

thanks.... it is very helpful

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| Jul 19, 2017

Vvv useful for all moms .thanx alot

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| Jul 19, 2017

Thanks very interesting and helpful article

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| Jul 19, 2017

thank a lot fr the detail topic on child brain

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| Jul 19, 2017

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| Jul 19, 2017

very nice

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| Jul 19, 2017

Interesting article! very informative.

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| Jul 18, 2017

Thanks it's really helpful.

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| Jul 18, 2017

thanks for the nice and useful blog.

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| Jul 18, 2017

thank u ☺

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| Jul 18, 2017

nice helpful information

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| Jul 18, 2017

Very good idea. l will do with my son

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| Jul 18, 2017

helpful tips. thank you

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| Jul 18, 2017

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| Jul 18, 2017

Sugandha .... superb blog n excellent ideas. thanks for sharing.

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| Jul 18, 2017

Excellent. Thankyou

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| Jul 18, 2017

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