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Apr 11, 2015 - brain workout bookAll brains need exercise. After all, the brain is a muscle. If you don’t use it, it just won’t work as well as it should.

Check out this Brain Workout book by Tide Mill Media. I see a lot of these brain books for children but adults can certainly benefit from them too. In fact, while I’m not likely to pick up a brain book for myself I’ll easily grab one for my big kid because she loves to work on all the different puzzles. The best part is, if we do them together, we both benefit!

Many of these brain books come with a variety of puzzles so there’s bound to be something you’ll like to do. This particular Brain Workout book comes with word searches, hidden pictures (you know the kind where you find the mistakes), sections to doodle, math puzzles, word problems to solve and more.

Take a simple word search. - brain workout book

As an adult, they’re pretty standard fare. For a child, that’s a lot of letters that seem to be randomly placed in one giant grid. Add a list of words (that may or may not be familiar) buried in that same grid and it becomes a pretty scary task for children.  If you were a child, would you know what strategies to use to find those words? How about:

*starting from the top left, scanning from left to right for letters that seem to form words. Then check to see if those words are on the list?
*starting from the top left, scanning from top to bottom for letters that form words and then checking them off the list too?
*crossing out words on the list that have already been found?

Again, as an adult, those strategies may be second nature to you but they certainly don’t come naturally for children. There are other strategies, but you get the idea. The point is, we all can benefit from using those mental strategies. - brain workout book

If you’re ever in need of a serious brain stretch, consider picking up a brain book like this one that you can do with your child. Not only will you get to work that cranial grey matter but you’ll also get to spend some quality time with your child working as a team. You also get a better sense of how your child navigates information, how it’s gathered, and what strategies are used to solve the problems at hand.

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