AGES: 7 and up

PICTIONARY

  • Increases logic skills
  • Helps Improve creativity
  • Improves memory retention and cognition
  • Helps refine hand-eye coordination

The game Pictionary is a great group activity that can engage children in creative drawing and the development of visualizing ideas.  Alongside this proactivity towards creativity is the practice of logic and problem-solving skills. A great activity for memorization and motor skill development with hand-eye coordination, these aspects about the game create the opportunity to teach children important elements that can benefit their education experience.

When playing Pictionary, logic is used in different ways. First of all it engages the player when you are drawing the prompt handed to you.  You must consider the audience and draw something that can lead to the answer for your team, creating healthy communication skills and logic skills at the same time.  The team members trying to guess the image and decipher what is the image drawn are using the same cognitive abilities, but in reverse.  Getting into the perspective of the player who is drawing necessitates the creative use of logic within the context of the game.  Pictionary helps hand-eye coordination by the act of drawing and focusing on what the drawing is to represent, and it helps improve memory retention and cognition by putting a name or title on the drawing itself and taking the win. 

Educationally speaking, Pictionary is a great method for supplemental teaching as well, bringing it out of the classroom and into the family environment.  You can make your own prompts related to any topic you want to teach or discuss, and as a team each person can draw out the identified prompt.  This can enhance leadership abilities and create a healthy way for teamwork exercises.  Pictionary helps break the ice in a social situation and it can engage children in a social academic experience, growing their confidence and practicing pattern recognition and memory at the same time.

Check The Oven! Math Game

  • Practice strategic thinking
  • Foster mental math skills
  • Practice matching skills
  • Build confidence and social skills

Check The Oven is a fun math game to incorporate to class or playtime. Educators and parents use math games for practice and to sharpen a child’s math skills. Children tend to be engaged in learning when the work is turn into a game. Check The Oven and similar math games are a good way to exercise mental math helping the child to solve the math problems quicker and handle more complex equations. Check The Oven is designed for players to come up with their own equations by connecting the numbers on the card. The goal is to add the cards up to they get 12 as the result to get the points. Making different sum combinations to get the number 12. Adding the cards points is not the only obstacles. The cards have to match as well having a picture of the same thing. Children get to practice both math and observational skills.

Games such as Check The Oven also work on fostering other skills. Children exercise their strategic thinking in order to win. Check The Oven and other similar games require the players to make strategize how they deal the cards and exchange them. The players need to be clever when asking and trading cards and make sure they have the upper hand. In the game Check The Oven, the players have to be careful not to end up with a broken pie card which subtracts points at the end of the game. Children learn how to discard that card discretely by making plan and hiding the fact they have the card. Deciding to be faithful to the request or give other cards.

Staying away from video games and electronics, card games such as Check The Oven are a way to bring everyone together for some fun. Children benefit from the interactions building their social skills. Card games such as Check The Oven require the players to behave a certain way to disguise their intentions and reactions that might give away their plans. Learning to control their emotions on real life situations where poker face is needed. Also learning to read other people’s expressions helping them also develop emotional intelligence by observing others. Building them confidence on how they interact and the decisions they make. Check The Oven and similar games are great way to pass the time while exercising the mind. Everyone is entertained and doing math.

SIMON THE MEMORY LIGHT GAME

  • Increases memory cognition
  • Improves concentration and logic
  • Encourages motor skills
  • Improves hand-eye coordination

Simon the Memory Light Game has been a groovy fixture in family game night since the 70’s. As the name suggests, this game will put your memory skills to the test. Games like Simon the Memory Light Game will help people of all ages train their memory while having fun. This pattern repetition game can especially help young children, as increased memory retention enables them to retain information better in school. Players will have their memory tested by having to learn, remember, and repeat long color patterns that are given by the game. The rounds are timed and players to don’t finish the sequence in time will lose the round.

A benefit of games such as Simon the Memory Light Game is that they utilize and require concentration and logic skills in play. Like many other pattern-repeating games, the player needs to focus on the commands given in order to learn and repeat the sequence. This forces the player to really pay attention to details such as the lights, pace, sounds, and colors of the buttons that will help him or her recall the pattern. Players also utilize logic, reasoning, and problem solving as they analyze the best strategy for playing the game. Sharpening these skills leads to better cognitive performance and quicker decision-making abilities.

The design of the game also helps improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Just like the game Simon Says, players have to move their hands to follow the commands of the lights. As the game progresses, the patterns become longer and more intricate and the speed of the movements will increase. These movements help to strengthen the mind-body connection. While Simon the Memory Light Game has the same basic principle as Simon Says, the upgraded electronic component of this game makes it an exciting alternative for children and adults alike.

Otrio

  • Exercise critical thinking
  • Enhance strategic skills
  • Stress relief

From Tic-tac-toe originates the game Otrio a more complex version of a classic that allows up to four players in the game. Like many other board games, Otrio is designed for players exercise their reasoning and critical thinking skills. The players have to be aware of the opponent’s colorful rings forming lines of the same kind of circle, in ascending or descending order, or completing the set circles in one place. These types of games are great for children to develop the cognitive skills for analyzing any situation to come up with creative solutions. Helping them understand a problem and follow logical reasoning which is needed in almost every subject in school. Otrio and other similar board games are a fun way of learning these skills to later to apply to real life situations.

Besides the learning benefits, board games such as Otrio are a source of entertainment that does not require electricity or too much time. They allow the players to unwind and enjoy each other’s company in a friendly competition. Otrio and other similar board games are a good tool for stress relief. They can be played anywhere and anytime, and they keep the mind occupied helping the player forget their worries. With elements of Tic-tac-toe, Chess, and other board games, Otrio and other games alike bring laughter and joy. People can stimulate their brains and at the same time have a good time and socialize with others. It is a good break for adults and children from their busy lives.

Another benefit of board games such as Otrio is that it fosters the players strategic skills sets. Since the game can be played by up to four people, the players have to plan in the moment defensive plays to prevent other players from forming a line or a full set as well as coming up with strategies to win the game. Like many other board games, Otrio options for strategies are endless and you could combine plays. Children get to practice planning moves ahead like chess and develop strategic skills as they play. Elaborating strategic thinking through games gives the child the foundation for learning in school. Otrio and other board games are good unconventional educational tool that allows children to think outside of the box and enjoy themselves.

UNO THE CARD GAME

  • Refines motor skills
  • Teaches number and color recognition
  • Promotes social interaction
  • Engages children in strategy and problem solving

UNO is a universally popular card game with people of all ages. This classic fan favorite is easy to play and great for bringing together family and friends. Another unexpected perk of UNO is the educational benefits it can offer to children who play the game. Players will utilize important skills such as problem solving, strategy, and recognizing patterns. Practicing these types of skills through play will help children apply them in school and learn how to build on this skill foundation throughout their lives. Young children who play this game are introduced to concepts of fair play and working with others.

Throughout the game, players will need to practice critical thinking and logic in order to decide when to play the game offensively or defensively, depending on the draw of the cards. Players must be able to recognize patterns in the game and use strategy in order to gain an advantage over opponents to win. Following a sequence of colors along with numbers and symbols in a game format is a great way for children to develop memorization, motor skills, and quick decision making. 

Playing games like UNO also helps children develop healthy communication and social skills. The ability to interact with classmates through games such as UNO creates positive self-esteem and greater confidence in school. It gives children many opportunities to develop prosocial skills like taking turns, and winning and losing within appropriate parameters. UNO is much more than a card game where children can learn while having fun with their peers.

LEARNING MATH WITH YAHTZEE

  • Helps improve memory
  • Improves cognitive skills
  • Accessible math for young kids
  • Helps refine logic and strategy

Yahtzee is a game beloved by many, and has shown itself in many different cultures and regions, although sometimes under  different names and rule variations.

The objective of the game is simple on the surface – to score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make various scoring combinations, and dice must remain in the box. A game consists of thirteen rounds back and forth rolling the dice with the winner being the player that scores the most points. After each round the player chooses which scoring category is to be used for that round. Once a category has been used in the game, it cannot be used again. The scoring categories have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others for which the score depends on the value of the dice. A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and scores 50 points, the highest of any category. 

When young players first start playing, they may need to count the numbers on the dice to note which number they have rolled. However, as they get more used to seeing those dots on the dice, they will be able to easily recognize the patterns of each number, so that they can see at a glance which number they have rolled. Both excellent developmental skills.

Since the game uses five dice at a time. This allows one to start working with larger numbers and adding up multiple groups. Until the player gets comfortable with the addition, they can count the dots in order to tally their scores for several of the categories on the scorecard which require adding up the numbers on some or all dice.

The player can be encouraged to use different strategies when adding up, as their abilities grow.. For example, using their friends of ten, known doubles, etc. The game also provides the player an introduction to multiplication without them even knowing it. When scoring for fives, all answers are multiple of fives. When they learn how to skip count, it helps them add even quicker. For example, if they roll five 5s, they can count it up by going “five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five”, instead of counting all the dots on the dice one by one. This is an excellent way to teach math in a real world situation.

With all of the complex probabilities at play throughout the game, much can be learned by rote and can also be discussed and helped along in the process.

Last One Lost

  • Enhance logic skills and strategic thinking
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Foster visual perception

Games and puzzles turn every moment into a learning experience where minds are stimulated, and a person’s curiosity is tapped. They are fun activities that help foster cognitive skills. Last One Lost or Last Mouse Lost is one of the many games that keep the mind active when the boredom strikes. The game has a simple goal: to not be the player that pushes down the last bubble. Last One Lost and similar games help develop a players critical thinking. Players need to use logic and strategy to come up with gameplays to defeat their opponent. It is a type of game where a player can be creative. Children get to exercise their thinking skills by challenging others in a friendly competition. Also, parents and educators can create rules to how to play to make the game more challenging and connect the game to class.   

Besides training the brain, games can also help to keep the body active. Parents and educators use games as hand-on learning tools, so children participate in class and have them fully engaged in the lesson. It is important to exercise the body while learning to help children concentrate on schoolwork. Last One Lost and other similar games exercise fine motor skills by designing the bubbles to feel like the wrapping bubbles. Making it a tactile exercise to press down the bubbles each turn. It is essential for children develop fine motor skills so they can accomplish writing and typing tasks with ease. Children can move their fingers along the surface and push down as many bubbles as they want mimicking typing exercises without the need of use of electronics. Enhancing a player’s dexterity through play.

Games such as Last One Lost help visual perception skills. Children have fun playing these types of games while exercising visual memory and visual discrimination skills. Being able to analyze quickly how many bubbles are left and pushing them down to win the game. Helping gather information and analyze through perception. Last One Lost and other games alike are meant to be a short fun break to help refresh the mind. It is a good way to pause from schoolwork and work on a different challenge coming back with a new mindset. Last One Lost help players unwind from their busy schedules but keep the mind active. They are entertaining and addictive to play where everyone can have a good time.

LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM MINECRAFT

  • Increased Creativity
  • Improve teamwork
  • It teaches resource management
  • Helps improve problem Solving and logic

If you aren’t familiar with the computer game Minecraft,it would be understandably easy to pass it off as a simple building blocks game at first glance. Once you take a deeper look, however, you will likely be pleasantly surprised to find that it offers many more educational benefits than what you might have initially anticipated. Minecraft requires the use of important skill sets such as teamwork, competence in resource management, and problem solving through logic. Players are encouraged to use creativity in a gaming environment where imagination can be expressed in endless ways. Minecraft is an exciting game to play, but it’s also an exercise in many important life-long skills, which is a win for both parents and children alike.

With an internet connection, the game can be played with different friends all over the world. Gathering materials, blocks, and items builds teamwork and communication skills. For example, building structures in the game requires planning, commitment, and resources that must be acquired for specific items. While progressing through the game, players will start to realize these tasks become easier and more thorough when played with a friend to share and discuss ideas with. The Minecraft world is a blank canvas; it can be created in an endless number of ways and flourishes with imagination. Using creativity and problem solving in play improves cognition and critical thinking that also translates to life outside the game. Active players will start to notice an improvement in writing and presentation skills as well.

Obstacles inevitably arise in the game, such as building in a tricky spot or battling an enemy. Players are often challenged to find solutions in unconventional ways, using only what they have at their disposal. With endless options comes endless opportunities to brainstorm and find creative ways to problem solve. Another unique benefit to playing Minecraft is the exposure to STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. The game incorporates some basic properties of coding, in a feature called ‘command block’. This feature allows players to create their own set of commands, which will activate or trigger events, according to what he or she wants to accomplish. Each command follows a pattern and this result directly affects gameplay. In short, Minecraft is a game that has much more to offer than what initially meets the eye.  It is an exciting, challenging introduction into block-based gaming that also incorporates many essential educational components, proving that learning truly can be fun.

A Day in The Jungle

  • Build personal and social skills
  • Promotes visual observation & thinking
  • Foster communication skills
  • Build vocabulary

For children to be functional adults in society, emotional intelligence must be fostered just like the intelligence quotient (IQ). Both types of intelligence can be simultaneously developed using games and toys from a young age to build cognitive and social skills. Games that are designed to help develop emotional intelligence have been proven effective in teaching positive ways to handle emotions and maintain healthy relationships. A Day in the Jungle is a social-emotional bingo game that helps children learn through visual aid and actions to identify positive behavior. Like many other social-emotional learning games, it is a fun way to build players personal and social skills. Through play, parents and educators use these types of games to explain how to cope with feelings and how to interact with others. While having fun children learn to view helping others and sharing as a good thing.

Another side to social-emotional learning games is that they also foster cognitive skills. These games involve problem solving and critical thinking. Just like other types of educational games, they keep the mind active and players focused on the lesson. For example, A Day in the Jungle features a set of dice which one of the dice has animal drawings and the other words.  Players have to decipher the message of the dice such as, helping monkey, caring elephant, and in danger lion, and try to find the image in their bingo card that present the action. Exercising their visual observation and thinking skills. The player focuses on the images in front of their bingo cards and using their judgement decide whether the action applies to an unmarked space. Later children can apply this skill in real life situations.

A Day in the Jungle and similar social-emotional learning games once played, they open up space for discussion. It is important for educators and parents to foster how to interact and talk to others. During the games, children learn new vocabulary to help them navigate relationships and how they communicate to other about their feelings. Promoting verbal communication, children practice the new vocabulary they learned. Analyzing and discussing each interaction, these games are good visual aids to comprehend what are manners and good behavior. Boosting their visual processing. Children learn to how talk with others. A Day in the Jungle and similar games are great activities to bring everyone together and enjoy each other company.

BENEFITS OF SKILLMATICS BRAIN GAMES

  • Engages problem solving skills
  • Encourages perception skills
  • Promotes cognitive practice
  • Practices memory

Skillmatics Brain Games encourage children to play with different puzzle sheets that can help them with helpful features that can enhance their education and learning capabilities. Engaging them in memorization, problem solving, perception and cognitive practice while completing each puzzle sheet provided.

Each sheet of puzzles containing different exercises keeps children mindful towards solving problems through logic and practice. Completing puzzles such as these can help their concentration grow alongside memorization. Practicing puzzles connects to this by constantly solving patterns that require thought through play. The enhancement of perception skills also provide assistance to these fun puzzles by being observant towards each exercise.

Having the ability to think critically about solving different scenarios within the Brain Games creates academic confidence for their future in school. While playing with these puzzles, it is common for children to struggle with puzzles but learning from their thoughts and mistakes is key to achieving an end goal. The Skillmatic Brain Games maintains children’s minds active and ready for what they must face in the future. Being able to think critically and efficiently is just the start to how it can help their education through charismatic response and exciting new ways of learning.

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