Think puzzles and strategy games.
Every child needs to be challenged. When you give the gift of critical thinking you are giving a gift that will pay off huge dividends later. Competition is good too (we will talk about board games in a few days) but strategy games can be done alone (think Rubik’s Cube) or with another player (Chess, Risk). They are not about the roll of the dice but rather they teach the art of planning an action to reach a certain outcome. Teaching your child strategy while having a fun time is a win win. Keep strategy games handy, out on the coffee table year round. We keep a puzzle out year round in our den and it is one of the best technology replacement tools we ever employed!
The Think Fun games are another must have to get started for kids who need a good challenge plus they are portable, easy to throw in your bag and car and do anywhere (instead of depending on a screen to entertain your child at the doctor’s office).
Why brain fitness games are great for your child:
- They give the brain a healthy workout! Exercising reasoning and problem solving muscles are very beneficial for your child.
- They are designed to challenge your child, clear his mind, speed up thinking and improve memory.
- More brain pathways are used with 3D play; the digital games are not as effective as 3D games where your child can actually hold and manipulate the pieces.
- Explaining their tactics, explaining why they did what they did to solve the game or puzzle is a huge benefit! Be sure to ask them.
The Gift of Strategy and Critical Thinking: All Think Fun games, go to thinkfun.com and be amazed, all the games are great; start with Rush Hour or Chocolate Fix, Shape by Shape, Block by Block, Amaze – perfect for all ages! Blokus, No Stress Chess, Backgammon, Clue, Ticket to Ride. All puzzles (White Mountain brand is excellent, found online and at Hobby Lobby), Sudoku books, Legos, blocks, crossword puzzle books. This is just a small list, I have a list of over 60 strategy games for gifted kids, just do a little research on this Mom! Keep them out so your kids will see them and want to play when they have down time during the day. Who knows, you may pick them up and exercise your brain too!
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