It was just recently, I stumbled upon a crossword in the newspaper, and started solving it. It definitely took me a little while to solve it, but the joy was uncanny. It made me think that would all these interest my children? These mental games make sense to my “Internet of things” generation? How stupid of me? I am talking about the Internet of things era and yet questioning the relevance of games. Wordle is one of the most recent mental games that has made a noise in the anyways noisy social media.
Having concluded that I was ardent to find some amazing mental math – kinds of games for my Angel. One of the main reasons I wanted her to try out this section of games, was that she should experience the tickle in her brain that these mental games strike. So, I went on my research and found an amazing website called calculators.org. I was surprised to check out their amazing website. Now why do I call it amazing? Let’s talk about it first. The website has some amazing games like puzzles, some mental brain games related to not just maths but sciences and even mental aptitude ones and what not.
There are 5 reasons of choosing mental games over any other indoor games, and below are those 5:
- Family bonding : Of course, if you are asking your child to play brain games, there are times they will need your help, right? Who do they come to for help? You. And I consider that when such fun games are in front of you it isn’t only for an individual to enjoy. I, along with my husband, sit together and have fun solving these fun puzzles and answering some quick questions.
- Emotional development
It is during the initial years of growing up that your child is developing in a lot of aspects. Emotionally, mentally, and physically. When we tickle our brain with fun questions and situations our brain energy gets boosted. Anyways playing games have a lot of emotions attached – if you win you are happy, if you lose you are sad. However, when it comes to brainy games – your brain anyways is triggered to solve a question or a puzzle – so just imagine the adrenaline rush altogether!
- Brain health
As we spoke in the above pointer, the mental games are an exercise to the brain. It works as a full body workout but for the brain. The child uses its brain and strives to solve the given question. I have always believed that Angel and Aarit should also play these games in order to develop brain health along with having fun.
- Learning curve
This pointer works as a no-brainer here! We are talking about brainy games and how can that not be a learning curve? Definitely not with every game you learn something but there are times that some games teach you patience, while other general knowledge games empowers knowledge to the kids. Also, I believe that it is still easier to teach kids ABCD than teaching them qualities like patience!
- Work along with fun
Ah! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We all have heard and by heart this quote. And instead of just applying that to our adult lives, we must think the same for our kids and that too at an early age. And isn’t it a delight to watch our kids play games and also learn at the same time?
These were the core reasons why I prefer my kids to opt for mental games online than surfing through social media. Speaking about the website calculator.org, I did my homework to learn about them as well. What all games do they offer and what is it all about? In the recent past they have added a gaming section which in the initial phase focused on math games alone, you can find them here to get a better clarity – https://www.calculators.org/games/
but then they expanded out into a variety of other fun games for kids & people who like many of the games from their childhood. Yes, it isn’t all about games for kids. But a lot of nostalgia struck while I searched their website – quite literally!
Check out their website here : https://www.calculators.org/games/all.php
There are a lot of fond memories attached to solving puzzles, playing crossword and also memory games! Remembering pictures or objects placed at one place and then picking up the right pairing is what a delight it was to solve these games. I have always tried to keep my kids engaged in different activities and games in order to keep them active in all ways.
So, this was my little take on mental games and activities for kids and the family in general. Along with it I added my personal choice of website that has worked for me and I hope it does for you too!
Happy Reading and Playing!