How Using Brain Teasers in Classrooms Can Be Good for Students?

Isobel Lynn Lee
Jan 26, 2023
Benefits of Brain Teasers
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Looking back into history, you will find that brain teasers and puzzles have been around since the biblical era. The activities are stimulating, and you can do them by yourself or with others. Any way you prefer to do them, they are good exercises for your brain.

Brain teasers are essentially a type of puzzle or activity that requires you to think out of the box to find the solution. It is introduced in early childhood, and children usually love solving them.

Teachers often have brain teaser sessions in school that sharpen the intelligence of children while at the same time providing a fun experience.

Brain teasers are of many different kinds. There are puzzles, riddles, anagrams, illusions, etc. They are very popular in international schools in Tokyo & worldwide, and you can also find the answers on the internet.

What are the Benefits of Brain Teasers?

Brain teasers are considered fun games but do you know that they also offer several benefits to children? Below are some benefits to students.

1. Enhances Cognitive Skills

The ability of students in problem-solving, memory, and learning is improved substantially by solving brain teasers regularly.

The common perception is that reading is sufficient activity to give their mind a good workout, but it is not enough. It would help if you challenged their intellect, and doing brain teasers constantly would be very helpful.

There is a common thread to all types of brain teasers - from the little, endearing animal puzzles that are suitable for international preschool and primary school children to those that involve Math problems and language puzzles for teenagers.

These activities enable children to think innovatively and out of the box. Doing so requires a different level of thought process. You must think calmly, use reasoning, approach the problems step-wise, and approach the problem from all angles, and the results are exceedingly better.

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2. Trains the Mind to Think Quick

Using the mind to solve puzzles and riddles teaches kids to process information quickly. It is a lot like exercising your body.

Physical exercises build the muscles of the body and make the bones stronger. Similarly, brainteasers help in building an agile mind that operates quickly. You can consider it as a workout session for the brain.

3. Builds Troubleshooting Skills

Regularly working on brain teasers can help build problem-solving skills and enhance memory and learning abilities in kids.

Compared to reading and writing, puzzles challenge the kids to actively use their thinking ability to find different ways to solve a problem, contributing to their troubleshooting ability.

4. Brainteasers can Help Relax

Solving brain teasers can offer incredible satisfaction. Consider a kid taking up a puzzle at the end of a day in school and solving it convincingly. They would feel a sense of accomplishment and an odd sense of relaxation, no matter the hard work that went into finding the solutions.

Schools sometimes introduce brain boosters that are not part of the syllabus during activity classes. Such activities can stimulate the brain and leave the mind refreshed.

5. Stimulating Brain Teasers Improve Memory

As the old saying goes, memory goes first. However, there are ways in which you can keep it in top condition, and brain teasers and puzzles are one of them. These activities improve memory by reinforcing the bond between the brain cells, resulting in keener short-term memory.

Brain games and puzzles require you to remember shapes and patterns, which aids in building memory. Also, research indicates that playing brain teasers that challenge you to think can enhance overall cognitive function.

6. Works Both Sides of Your Brain

As you know, there are two sides of the brain – right and left. Both sides have different functions. The left side of the brain takes care of the analytical and logical side of things, and the right side is responsible for creativity.

Doing stimulating brain teasers or puzzles engages both sides of the brain and thus improves logical thinking ability and encourages creativity.

7. Enhances Spatial Reasoning

Some kids have trouble remembering geographical directions and get lost frequently. Including regular puzzles as a part of their daily schedule may help.

Stimulating brain games help in building visual and spatial reasoning, which aids in improving navigational skills. Spatial reasoning has a crucial role in the comprehensive development of mathematical skills.

8. Aids Concentration

Children in preschools are known to have a short attention span, and many kids have trouble with focus and concentration.

When solving complex brain teasers or puzzles, you need to focus on the problem and concentrate on finding the solution because of the great sensations you experience due to the dopamine release when you manage to solve the puzzle.

9. Helps in Creativity

Most brain teasers and puzzles require lateral thinking to find solutions. Hence you would have to come up with creative solutions to the problems. So, the kids are encouraged to build their creativity because doing so would provide you with a solution to the problem.

This usually finds resonance in many areas of their lives, from social exchanges to work atmosphere and even cooking up a meal – they can gain from creative thinking.

Signing off

Whatever subject or skill you want to learn, a brain teaser is a great addition to traditional teaching methods. Moreover, it's also something students will enjoy.

The purpose of brain teasers is to make them fun for kids. Remember that finding the solution isn't as important as the mental exercise that comes from trying to do it.

Further, kids are always ready to solve brain teasers, so teachers can schedule a session of brain games or puzzles whenever they need a brain boost in their classrooms.

Global Indian International School (GIIS) uses brain teasers and interactive games to engage and motivate students to learn new concepts.


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Isobel Lynn Lee

Ms. Isobel Lynn Lee holds a BSc. in Biological Sciences (Exeter), PGCE (Oxford), and M.Ed in educational leadership and policy from Monash University, Australia. The research in her Masters degree included how the IB Theory of Knowledge programme could be used as a platform for teaching sustainability and critical thinking. She leverages this when teaching IB Biology or working with students and teachers to support TOK and the IB World Studies extended essay. Her passions lie in the environment and equality and as a UN Global Schools Advocate she is working with the teachers and students to promote sustainability in the school. She is currently working as the Deputy Head of the International Curriculum at GIIS. Outside of work, she enjoys being with nature, observing the biodiversity of flora and fauna in Singapore through walking and volunteering.

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