Brain Games!

Summer has finally arrived! And as much as this time of year reminds us of the blazing heat and an abundance of delicious fruits, it’s also when kids are running around the house enjoying their much-needed break from school. If you’re a parent or a guardian, you’re likely to hear things like “I’m bored” or “let’s do something”. Since keeping the kids entertained can be tricky sometimes, people often resort to summer camps or outdoor activities.

While outdoor sports are important for health and fitness, sometimes the heat is just too much. In such cases, indoor games are the best way to engage your child. Extremely beneficial for your child’s overall development, indoor activities can strengthen mental alertness, enhance analytical skills, and improve concentration levels. And of course, playing games indoors gives kids an opportunity to bond with their siblings and other family members.

So here are a few suggestions for simple and fun indoor activities that will help keep your children active and engaged this summer.

Building blocks – A perennial favourite, building blocks can help your child develop some critical skills. Numerous studies have shown that this fun indoor activity helps toddlers improve their hand-eye coordination, gross-motor skills, and logical thinking. By engaging your child in building blocks, you can also help them work on their grasping power. Blocks are ideal for kids in the 2-5 age range.

Chess – Teaching your child how to play chess or enrolling them in chess classes is an excellent idea. Although it may seem like a complicated game, chess offers a range of benefits that you might not be aware of. Chess helps strengthen a variety of brain functions, reduces the risk of dementia, and can provide relief from anxiety and depression. It also improves their IQ,

problem-solving skills, concentration, and memory power. The ideal age for children to learn chess is six and above.

Jigsaw puzzles – This fun and often challenging indoor activity packs a whole lot of benefits for a child’s physical and mental wellness. Jigsaw puzzles contain different pieces of various colours and sizes that must be assembled together to form a picture. Completing a jigsaw puzzle offers some of the same benefits as one would get from meditation. It brings a sense of peace and calmness to the mind. It can also help children become more attentive, tune their motor skills, and increase their brain power. And of course; both children and adults can play!

Storytelling – This summer, another interesting way to keep your child entertained is by telling stories. This creative form of indoor activity can play a vital role in your child’s overall development. Narrating stories to your children from a young age helps them get acquainted with language, learn new words, and can enhance their memory power.

Scrabble and other board games – Board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders and Pictionary can play an important role in developing kids’ mental abilities. Keeping your child engaged in board games can help him or her deal with stressful situations. Over time, these fun games can lower blood pressure, keep the heart healthy, and stimulate the release of endorphins, which help relax the muscles and control blood levels. Research shows that stress and other mental problems are directly linked to your immunity levels. Encouraging your kids to play Scrabble and other board games is a great way to stimulate their immune system.

So why send the kids outside to face the sweltering heat this summer, when there’s so much to do and learn inside the comfort of your own home?!     

- Akhila