If only parents could get a visual of their child’s brain making connections every second, they would know the importance of early years’ brain development.
Your innocent little child’s subconscious brain is a nasty little fellow. The neurons are crazy little athletes and even though it may appear that this little dependent creature wouldn’t know if you yelled or were distracted while playing with him, or were on your phone while laying out every fancy toy you could buy, you are sadly mistaken. They know and understand everything.
Apologies for digressing, this post is actually about me telling you the 3 best games that you can play with your child that actually help in the brain development (yours included)
But I also want to emphasize on why you should play these games, hence I digressed.
But I’ll share a fun fact before we begin.
Scientists claim that the major ingredient in the developmental process of a child’s brain is the “serve and return” relationship between children and their parents/significant caregivers.
The absence of healthy affection and positive attention can lead to disparities in learning and behavior.
Now that you know how important it is to spend quality time with your little one, lets talk about the five best brain activating games to play with your child.
WAR CARDS GAME
Players : 2
Goal: To be the first player to win all 52 cards.
The deck is divided evenly with each player receiving 26 cards dealt one at a time, face down. Anyone may deal first. Each player places their stack of cards face down, in front of them.
HOW TO PLAY
Each player turns up a card at the same time and the player with the higher card takes both cards and puts them, face down on the bottom of his stack.
If the cards are the same rank, it is war. Each player turns up one card face down and card face up. The player with the higher cards takes both piles (six cards). If the turned up cards are the same rank again, each player places another card face down and one face up. The player with the higher card takes all 10 cards, and so on.
This game of war is a good mental stimuli and helps promote brain health.
Goal: To move all four of the pieces completely around the board, counterclockwise, before your opponent does.
Strategy, Tactics, Counting, Probability.
HOW TO PLAY
The playing order is decided by each player throwing the cowries. The player with the highest score starts. It is played counterclockwise around the board.
This game is proven to improve memory, counting skills and hone one’s strategy
Players: Multiple. Can also be played in teams.
Goal: Learn names of new places.
Memory building, General awareness, Thinking skills.
HOW TO PLAY
It is ideal for the whole family to play this game together. Works best on long drives or road trips.
The game begins by spelling out the word ‘A-T-L-A-S’, one letter per player. Whoever gets to say ‘s’ of Atlas begins the game.
The beginner picks a letter of the Alphabet say ‘A’ and names a place that begins with ‘A’. The next person also names another place beginning with ‘A’. Like this the rest of the group does the same, until the group feels it has exhausted all the places beginning with ‘A’.
Then the group starts the next round with another letter say ‘D’. In this manner the game goes on with the other letters of the Alphabet.
The parent keeps track of the number of places that each group has been able to recall from each alphabet. The group which is able to recall the most number of places is the winner.
Some more important benefits of playing with your child, (even if it is for half an hour every day or 15 minutes every alternate day) are increased bonding, Improved attention span, learning how to lose, building patience levels and reduces stress.
So don’t wait, fix up a routine and find out which game your child loves playing the most!
Happy brain boosting!