Mind games helps to stimulate the brain and make your child think in unconventional ways to solve a problem. Just like physical exercise, the brain needs its own form of stimulation to improve upon areas like analytical thinking, creativity and problem-solving. The best part is that kids are likely to be open to the idea of a game as compared to, say or reading books.
Puzzles are a good, unsupervised activity which satisfies your child’s curiosity and would keep them engaged with the game. They help in brain development as they build on children’s spatial reasoning as well as hand-eye coordination.
This game incorporates flashcards with pictures and needs to be matched with the corresponding word that describes it. For instance, the flashcard may have the picture of a zebra. Here, your child will have to choose the picture associated with the word zebra. The flashcards can be of different categories such as animals, flowers, household objects, etc. This game is helpful in teaching the names of various objects to (ideally) 5-year-old children.
While this game is similar to word hunt, the only difference is that it requires physical activity on your child’s part. This game can best be played in an open area such as a park or playground. You take out the flashcard and your kid must then find the object which is mentioned on the flashcard. For example, if the word on the card is “Park Bench” your child will have to locate one in his surroundings. This helps improve their comprehension and is a fun activity as it is a kind of treasure hunt!
It requires the listening skills, so kids pay attention for long periods. Listening to a story promotes a different area of brain development than what kids get from reading a picture book. Listening to a story they use their working memory to keep track of the characters and what has happened so far, and relate that to new information as the story progresses.
Games like Snakes ‘n’ Ladders, Monopoly, ludo and Chess are all good as they help you understand your child’s social skills. Is your child being patient and waiting for their turn? Does he cry and behave like a sore loser when he loses a game? As you will be present when they play, you can help them learn to lose with grace and win with humility.
It is a good source of calcium and phosphorous, which are important for building bones and muscles.
Rich in mono-unsaturated fats, peanut butter provides children with energy and protein.
Fiber in these foods maintains digestive health and prevents constipation
Rich in protein, fish helps build healthy muscles and bones. It support eye, brain and nerve development.
Filled with protein, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D, cheese is great for healthy bone growth.
It is rich in nutrients that optimize eye development. It also provides lots of fiber that boosts digestion and prevents constipation.
These include carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, tomato and papaya, which are high in beta carotene and other carotids that are converted into active vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for good skin and vision, growth and repair of body tissues.
A great source of protein and iron useful for brain development and supports the immune system.
Ask your kids to either narrate it to you or write it down on paper. This exercise will broaden the kids’ ideas, keep them focused on one aspect for a good amount of time, and give you a glimpse of their inner mind and thought process.
Make them chant mantras. The exercise will keep the kids focused, and the pronunciation of the mantras will clear their throats and windpipes, enabling them to breathe better.
Play dark room, place a lit candle and ask the kid to stare at it as long as she can and count the number of times the flame flicks. Reward them with gifts each time they sit longer than before.
Spending time with nature and observing it will make them more aware of their surroundings, get them fresh air, and calm them down.Take your kids to a scenic place. Talk to them about the mountains, trees, and water bodies there. Tell them their names and any stories associated with them.