Tip of the Week

July 22, 2013

Fun games to practice execution function skills

Rainy summer day? Great! Round up the kids and the board games and make it a game day! There are tons of old-school games (and new games, too) that provide fun ways to practice executive function skills and prevent the summer brain drain. Games like Boggle or Words with Friends (Yes, there is a Words with Friends board game, very similar to Scrabble) are great ways to practice spelling and vocabulary. Chess and checkers help your child practice strategic thinking and flexibility depending on their age and how the game unfolds. And games like Suburbia (new in 2012 and a Mensa Select award winner) and Monopoly provide opportunities to practice longer-term planning, strategic thinking, and mental math. There’s lots of learning to be done in fun, clever ways on a rainy summer day!