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Games That Make Our Children (and Their Parents) Smarter

I don’t know about you, but I often humbled by my children when playing games. My eleven year beats me in chess every time and yesterday a four year old in office creamed me at memory.  I have never been a BIG GAME player but I recently game across this list of games and placed my amazon order without draining the bank. As summer comes to close, I find re-stocking the game shelf can be a huge help in turning off the t.v. and working the brain!

Take a look at these great games recommended by the brain training center LearningRx to keep your kids’ brains sharp when they are having some down time away from homework.

Why are these toys so worthwhile? You can help your kids get smarter at any age and science has proven that the brain has the ability to change and grow throughout life. By using fun game-like activities at home with your children, you can improve their learning skills, which can translate to all subjects at school.

Your children will be so engaged and entertained by these “smart toys” they won’t even realize all the benefits to their memory, processing skills, and mental agility.

  1. Bop It! Bounce

Bop It! Bounce calls the shots with electronic voice commands that lead players through six coordination-building games. The six games will exercise your mind as you concentrate on the commands and build coordination as you bounce the ball off the handheld trampoline. Bop It! Bounce challenges you to keep getting better. And, it’s highly addictive!

2. Brain Box: All Around the World

This clever memory game teaches players facts about different countries while boosting recall skills. Memory and visual perception skills will be put to the test as well as improving focus and attention to details.

3. Colorpop

Improve visual perception skills and exercise critical thinking skills with a game of Colorpop. Take turns removing counters of the same color by pressing them in so they slide down and the counters above them take their place. You have to be smart so you don’t give away your secret color—you only win if you have the fewest of your color counters on the board at game’s end.

4. Gary Gouda

Your job is to help Gary the mouse find the most cheese while navigating his way through a 16-room maze of a house. But the more cheese Gary eats, the fatter he gets. And the fatter he gets, the harder it is to fit through some of the doors. So you need to put your mad memory skills to the test to help our cheese-loving little friend remember which doors are too small for him to fit through. Strengthen the hippocampus and visual processing areas of the brain as you recall the best way to navigate through the maze.

5. Pentago Multi-Player

Pentago Multi-Player ups the ante from four quadrants, of the original game, to nine movable sections. Which makes the infinite possibilities of the original Pentago even greater. The object of the game remains the same: use your planning and visualization skills to be the first to get five like-colored marbles in a row. Play to boost your reasoning, planning and concentration skills.

6. Telegruv

The old-school game of Telephone gets a hip-hop, techno and rock-n-roll groove. Players draw cards illustrating popular dance moves of various genres and difficulty levels. Crank up the tunes and perform the moves for your team. Then kick back, watch and laugh as your teammates try to keep your moves intact. This hysterical party game will boost your memory and coordination skills.

7. Tobbles

Take just one look at these bright, colorful, round blocks and it’s obvious why tots love to stack and play with them while unknowingly building hand-eye coordination. But include these in a room with adults and it proves that grownups of all ages have just as much fun stacking Tobbles. Plus they utilize spatial skills and hand-eye coordination. With aging, many people find that their hand-eye coordination deteriorates and Tobbles can be used to improve such skills.

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