Train Your Brain Day is Thursday, October 13th so squeeze in a few activities to keep your mind sharp! The human brain builds new connections when solving a problem, so challenging your brain actually helps make new pathways. Reducing screen time today will provide a little extra space for something that isn’t in the usual routine.
Brain training can help kids in a variety of ways. Puzzles and brain teasers plant the beginning seeds for strategy and thinking ahead. Practicing choice making helps kids understand how small parts make up the bigger picture. Activities that encourage spatial abilities also improve cognitive skills!
Here are some fun activities to train your brain this week!
1. Play memory with a little one or try to memorize a phone number. Stretch your thinking and work those recall muscles.
2. Try a new recipe. Making something brand new can create connections in the brain.
3. Complete a puzzle or build with blocks. Puzzle activities support cognitive and attention skills.
4. Do something crafty. Designing and decorating will stimulate the creative side.
5. Complete a scavenger hunt to improve problem solving skills.
6. Teach kids to meditate. Improve cognition and focus while having a mindful moment.
7. Dance, play a sport, or exercise. The mind and body health are interconnected.
Give your brain a healthy boost by trying new things and creating neural pathways. How will you train your brain this October 13th?
Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.