Here is an update on a prior post:
Most kids love to play card and board games, but did you know that many offer benefits far beyond the obvious social gains. Many of these activities are actually good for cognition and can exercise the brain.
There are three types of benefits:
1. Brain Breaks: Some games offer quick “brain breaks” that can be used during homework completion. A quick reward, when stamina is low, can energize the brain and regain focus.
2. Brain Integration: Other games can help integrate the brain. Some students can lack integration between the two hemispheres of the brain and these activities activate the whole brain.
3. Cognitive Remediation: Finally, there are games that help to strengthen specific areas of cognition and they can serve as a form of cognitive therapy. By exercising these parts of the brain, new neural pathways can develop and areas of weakness can be strengthened and even remediated.
I have also written two other blogs that review more games that benefit the brain as well as games that benefit visual processing.
Here is a table that reviews some of my favorite games, lists of the cognitive gains and offers links to the products.
GAME: Time to Play
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Spot it: about 2-4 minutes
Executive Functioning Games: about 5-10 minutes
Blink: about 2-4 minutes
Set: about 5-10 minutes
Reading Games Bundle Digital Download: depends on the game 5-30 minutes
Q Bits: depends on the number of rounds played - 2-30 minutes
Master Mind: depends on the number of rounds played - 10-30 minutes
Hey What’s the Big Idea: About 3-15 minutes
Doodle Dice: about 15 minutes
Blokus: about 30-45 minutes
Word Shuffle: about 15 minutes
Logic Links: depends on the number of rounds played - 3-30 minutes
Word Around Game: depends on the number of rounds played - 5-30 minutes
Scattergories the Card Game:
depends on the number of rounds played - 5-30 minutes
Scattergories the Board Game: depends on the number of rounds played - 5-30 minutes
Pictionary: depends on the number of rounds played- 5-60 minutes
Apples to Apples: depends on the number of rounds played- 10-30 minutes
Cranium: depends on the number of rounds played - 5-30 minutes.
Jenga - depends on the number of rounds played- 5-30 minutes.