AGES: 5 and up

iTrax

  • Develop critical thinking
  • Foster Problem solving and strategic thinking
  • Enhance concentration and memory skills

Games are a fun way to test one’s cognitive skills. Breaking away from the traditional way of learning, games bring excitement and challenge the brain to think outside the box. Keeping the mind active and sharp. Educators and parents integrate these games into their lessons or breaks to make the class more entertaining. Board games such as iTrax are designed to help workout the critical thinking skills in a fun way. iTrax like other similar games is a matching game that challenges the players to find the connection of two blocks in a maze and replicate it. Analyzing the bigger picture to get the solution before the other players. Children get a kick out these brain teasers by competing with one another to see who can solve the problem the fastest.

Another benefit of these types of games is that it helps boost concentration. Players focus all their attention to the maze searching for the connection. In iTrax, the players asses each card and place the lines and squares accordingly and as quickly as possible. Depending on the level of difficulty some mazes may require more time than others. Children need concentration skills to apply it to their studies. Helping them be attentive to what they read and hear to process it and come up with answers. Also, games like iTrax can enhance memory skills by observing and copying figures and patterns. Children get to memorize complicated patterns in short time which can help them practice memorization techniques for studying. Making it a fun way to expand the short-term memory.

iTrax and similar board games present different problems and challenges that cut loose from the textbook exercises. With three difficulty levels, iTrax is fun way to engage in problem solving and strategic thinking. Enhancing creative problem solutions, players are faced with unusual challenges prompting to think differently. Players can come up with different strategies to recreate the maze depending on the difficulty level. Children have fun solving the mazes and completing the challenges. Helping them to enjoy exercising their thinking skills. Games and brain teasers such as iTrax are a fun time anywhere and at any time. They foster players to work on their cognitive skills in a fun way that everyone can enjoy.

ICE COOL

  • Enhance fine motor skills and dexterity
  • Promote social skills
  • Develop strategy skills

Looking for fun ways to stimulate the brain? Board games have always been a longstanding tool in education. Board games are designed to be hands-on activity for developing key skills for learning. For example, Ice Cool is a game designed to enhance a person’s dexterity. Like many other similar board games, Ice Cool keeps players on their toes forcing them get out of their seats to make the plays. Ice cool works on a child’s motor skills which are essential for writing and typing as well as hand-eye coordination to do any physical activity. How the game works, the players have to flick their little penguins across the classroom look alike board to collect their colored assigned fish while one player has the role of hall monitor and tries to catch the other penguins before they collect all of their fish.

Another benefit of playing board games is the requirement of two or more players. Children get to develop their social skills by imitating the other players behavior and learning from hands-on experience to patiently wait for their turn. Ice Cool and similar board games are a fun way to bring people together. The game rules are simple and easy to follow. Once a player mastered how to control their flick, they can play many rounds of the game until every player has the opportunity to play as the hall monitor. Having a good time away from computers and electronics.

Ice Cool like many other board games help the players to practice their cognitive skills. There are three ways to move the pieces. The player can flick the penguin straight forward, flick to the side to curve the penguin, or flick upward for the penguin to jump between the rooms. Even though dexterity is required to play Ice Cool and other similar games, the board game engages a person’s strategic thinking. The players have to planned how to move through the board whether they are collecting the fish or catching the other players. By playing board games children get to practice organizational skills and decision-making skills. Moving the penguins strategically or using the point cards to get more opportunities to flick. Keeping their minds active while having fun playing the game.

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.

CHESS, A GAME FOR THE MIND

  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • Teaches creative problem solving
  • Helps improve concentration
  • It exercises both sides of the brain

Chess is one of the most played board games historically worldwide. It is played in almost every country and players ranging from small children all the way up to the elderly are able to enjoy what it has to offer. Why is this board game so popular, and for so long? Why do we teach children to play from an early age in schools? The answer is simple, this board game has been proven over time and many studies to be great developmental tool for education and mental abilities.

Chess is a fun game that challenges the brain, and the players’ abilities of strategic planning and patience. Scientists have studied the brain activity of people while playing chess and have found that both sides of the brain light up, engaging both the creative as well as logical functions, just like a musician playing an instrument. A player needs to visualize their moves beforehand, anticipating their opponents turns, and at the same time be present in a game that requires a high level of focus. A child can benefit from the multiple levels of thought needed to play a good game of chess in all aspects of life. Increasing their memory, logic, and mental capacity in general while enjoying some healthy competition, it is easy to see how the longevity of this game has come to be.

Mainly, chess is a game that works with and improves a person’s critical thinking skills. It helps children to think ahead of what they are doing as they strategize their next moves. Making plans and backup plans, assessing the situation, and deducting your opponent’s next moves are some of the skills that children acquire in chess. A person who plays chess learns to be detail-oriented, organized, and prepared. In the long run, those are great skills that apply to nearly any situation life can throw at you.

Chess directly teaches about problem solving and plan execution. Because of how the game is set up, players must think in creative ways to find solutions when their opponent challenges them. The child learns to see the different angles of a problem to decide what will be the right course of action. The child is building the cognitive skills that are crucial to success in life with every game they play. This kind of problem solving and strategic logic can be applied to other subjects like math and critical reading as they advance in their schoolwork.

For children who have difficulty paying attention, chess can be a great tool to help them to focus on one thing at a time. The game requires a high degree of concentration which helps children acquire the skills to stay focused on their ultimate goal, to checkmate the opponent and claim victory. One of the valuable lessons taught in chess is to not get distracted and be aware of the pieces and their potential moves, both for themselves and their opponents. Players need to devote all their attention to the board in order to play well – a good lesson to learn early on in life. Once you learn to play chess, including the more advanced strategies, the game is very entertaining and can be a definite source of lifelong pride.

PLAY JENGA

  • Improve Hand-eye coordination
  • Increases logic skills
  • Teaches creative problem solving
  • Improves concentration

The game of Jenga is well known for its simplicity in design:  A tower of wooden bricks that must be removed one by one, until one of the players causes the tower to collapse. This popular game also offers some unexpected benefits that are worth noting. Playing Jenga improves fine motor skills, dexterity, concentration, and perception capabilities. Game play encourages children to have fun while practicing these key functions that will be beneficial when facing various obstacles that may arise later in life. 

Grabbing each wooden brick from the Jenga stack can be a real challenge, especially when there are a lot of bricks already out. The game is designed to become more challenging as it progresses. Players must demonstrate patience and dexterity because of how carefully each brick must be pulled out and replaced. This is where the use of fine motor skills comes into play. Jenga also requires the use of logic and creates opportunities for players to problem solve by perceiving which brick is likely to progress the game and which ones would be bound to make the tower fall. Practicing observation and using logic will help children learn to identify patterns and aid with many daily activities like studying, social interactions, and chores. Concentration is also encouraged during game play, making players focus on the task at hand to accomplish a goal. 

Jenga is commonly thought of as a party game because the rules are simple and it’s incredibly fun to play. While this is all true, it can also be used as a great education tool. In fact, it’s so easy to tailor Jenga for specific learning needs that it has become a very popular game for educators. It can be easily customized by writing a topic or question on each brick that must be answered with each turn – all the sudden it becomes a fun and effective study tool. With all of the benefits and entertainment that this game has to offer, it’s not hard to see why Jenga continues to be so popular with both adults and children. 

THE BENEFITS OF THE ABACUS

  • Engaging in memorization
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Helps improve perception

Math is one of the most challenging areas in education, and teaching it to children can be difficult at first. Using tools such as the Abacus helps create an easy environment to visually and tactilely understand and learn concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and even division.  These are the key elements that form the basis of higher mathematics, and making math more accessible and easier to comprehend at an early age yields obvious and very real benefits. 

The Abacus is easily one of the most utilized tools ever made throughout history.  Its existence dates back many centuries, and yet it continues to benefit the youth today as it did the population at large back then.  What makes it so unique is its simplicity of use coupled with its flexibility of application. You can take each bead from the abacus and use it to do basic math very quick and easy, while providing visual affirmation of the underlying concepts.  Though effectively early calculators used by everyone, today Abacus are generally made to appeal to a younger audience, with bright colors, different sizes, and sometimes even included math kits made of the blocks.  They help children grow their understanding in an environment where they can consider what surrounds them logically and numerically, and apply that knowledge into real world situations.  Utilizing several beads on each line of the Abacus helps the child visually keep track of these advanced concepts when sliding each one either left or right to count or calculate in real time. 

Use of tools such as an Abacus engages children in problem solving and memorization in an entertaining way. When they are presented with problems and situations that the device can be used to solve, it gives a sense of accomplishment along with the underlying confidence of learning.  This can be something simple, like dividing to share at school and home, or even the beginnings of  basic algebra.  It helps improve perception skills and eye-hand coordination by observing the manipulation of numerical patterns and ingrains the understanding of these processes.  The use of an Abacus can help bring these understandings from the immediate physical/visual stimulation during play, to evolving into a purely mental ability to use solving whatever exercise or challenge comes their way in life.

The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body

  • Learn about human body
  • Interest in Science
  • Develop problem-solving skills

The human body is strong and delicate at the same time. Educators and parents teach to children the importance of taking care of their bodies for them to grow strong and healthy. A child needs to be aware of their bodies so they can be careful when doing physical activities as well as avoid getting sick. As part of the STEM program there are many anatomy experimental kits and games for children to explore and learn about the human body. One of these kits is The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body which is based on the children program. With different activities such as bend bones and build a stethoscope, The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body and other similar kits are designed to help children understand the science behind how their own bodies function.

Like many other science kits, The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body is instrument for teaching science in a hands-on setting. Children get to interact with one another and discover the human body for themselves using their senses and the kits tools. While doing the experiments and other learning activities with the science kit, a child fosters their problem-solving skills. Children get to analyze and conduct their own theories while working on the activity. Following the procedure until getting the results, the child is constantly thinking critically and absorbing the lessons. The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body and other similar kits stimulates a child’s curiosity for leaning in an entertaining way. Helping the child develop their critical thinking and reasoning outside a classroom setting.

Furthermore, children get invested in working on research of the human body and develop interest in the science field. Science kits such as The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body allow children to be fully invested in whatever project they work on. Through the empirical process the child gets first-hand experience of what scientist do. Especially what doctors and healthcare professional look for when they go for check-ups. Understanding how the human body works helps children be brave when they are sick or have an injury. Also, it helps them create healthy habits to protect themselves from disease such as washing their hands. The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body and other anatomy kits service a child’s learning in a way they can understand and enjoy.

NUMBERS GAMES WITH DICE

  • Helps improve logic skills
  • Fun and engaging way to learn numbers/math
  • Boosts cognitive skills
  • Improves memory function

If asked to picture a fun, engaging, and inexpensive game that can also be used as a learning tool, playing with dice might not be the first that comes to mind. A long-standing staple of casinos and dive bars, they have also made their way into classrooms and are used by educators as a way to enhance learning and teach numbers concepts. Math isn’t generally regarded as the most exciting subject to study, but introducing games into lessons is a smart way to keep students engaged. For example, the game Seven-Eleven is just one of many clever mental numbers games that will help players learn and practice math skills while having a good time.

Similar to a deck of cards, the value in owning a set of dice is in how incredibly versatile they are. There are hundreds of different games that can be played with a single set of dice – a second set opens that up even further. Since dice are small and lightweight, they can be taken and used almost everywhere. There are also no age restrictions with dice, which makes them an inclusive and accessible option for everyone to enjoy. People of all ages, from children to senior citizens will have fun playing. Dice games are a great way to encourage social interactions in a variety of different settings, whether this is spending quality time with loved ones or in getting to know new acquaintances.

Many math teachers keep dice in the classroom and incorporate them as part of a regular curriculum because they understand the advantages to supplementing education with game play. There have even been dice games created specifically for use as math training tools. Playing these games allows for children to learn numbers and math concepts in a fun environment that’s much more engaging than traditional study methods. Just as dice games help children develop cognitive ability, they can help adults and senior citizen players practice and retain the important brain functions that can sometimes start to slip away with the aging process. Exercising these cognitive skills will help to keep them active and strong.

Parcheesi Royal Edition

  • Learning numbers and counting
  • Develop strategic thinking and planning
  • Builds social skills

Whether it is called Parcheesi or Pachisi, this classic board game is one of the games that can be integrated to class as learning tools. Classic board games have been proven over time by their popularity to be effective in engaging children’s cognitive skills through play. Children have fun with this type of hands-on learning exercises. Parcheesi and other board games make math exciting. Educators and parents can use the games to learn and practice number recognition and counting. Parcheesi and similar board games use dices to move the game along. It is a good way for children to practice counting on every turn without feeling like schoolwork. Children exercise their mathematical skills every time they add the number of their dice and move their pawns.

Furthermore, studies have shown that board games are a good way to develop and train the mind. Key skills such as strategic thinking is exercised through play. Board games tackle the cognitive skills without the need of reading or writing making it accessible practice for everyone. Using board games such as Parcheesi, children get to explore strategies to get all their pawns in their home before the other players. Children analyze and visualize few moves ahead while playing board games. Trying to capture other players pawn to set them back to the starting line. Parcheesi and similar games are fun way for them to plan out and execute strategies and observe the outcomes. Practicing decision making skills and problem solving.

Parcheesi and other similar board games are a good escape from electronics and computers. Taking time to unwind and do an activity with everyone. Children benefit from these types of activities as it allows them to build their social skills. They get to observe and copy the other players behaviors. Learning to take turns and how to win and lose gracefully. Moreover, playing board games creates a space where people can talk and share their thoughts and feelings. Helping children develop emotional intelligence. Classic board games like Parcheesi are simple for everyone to join in a game. They help exercise the mind in an enjoyable way. Bringing the fun anytime and anywhere board games like Parcheesi are an unconventional learning tool that brings everyone together.

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.

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