Archive | October, 2013

World Series Word Game

30 Oct

It’s World Series time, so today’s word challenge is a combination of a few games with a baseball twist.  This game will force you to use multiple brain processes to succeed.   As in baseball, there will be some easy ones that will feel like big fat pitches right across the middle of the plate; some curve balls that might make you feel silly swinging for the fence but missing by a mile; and some straight out heat that will blow by you at the speed of light!  In all cases, you will sharpen your recall, practice your verbal memory skills, and hopefully exercise your smile muscles in the process.

The game is Category Builders.   We give you a category and you must supply a word that fits in the category.   Here is the twist.   You must supply words that starts with the letters in OBSTRUCTION, in honor of the controversial call from a few nights ago in the bottom of the 9th that allowed the winning run to cross the plate.

For example, if your category was Cities with Sports Teams you might answer Omaha, Boston,  San Diego, Tucson, Urbanna, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Orlando, and New Orleans.    Ready?

Your first category is Sports Equipment.  Go…

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You second category is Team Names/Mascots.  Go!

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Final categories is Names of Famous Athletes (first or last name works).  Go!

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The goal is to stretch your thinking so be creative!   It is never enough to do just one type of exercise or play one type of game.   Stretch, challenge, and better yourself by varying activities and making sure that you are doing things that make you think and work harder!

Live well and play often!

 

Weekly Brain Challenge: Pay Attention to the Details

28 Oct

Paying Attention to the Small Things: Find the Differences

Take a deep breath because you probably won’t be able to solve this brain challenge on the first, second, or maybe even the third pass.   There are 9 changes in this Find the Difference puzzle, and much like everyday life, those items you need to pay attention to most, don’t necessarily jump off the page –success will come when you focus on the little things that really just seem to blend in.

Find 9 Differences in this crazy puzzle

 

How often do you find yourself looking right past the one thing you need to see?  Practicing this skill and training yourself to scan for things that just don’t seem right will help you become a better observer.

Think about this… There is no more productive place to safely practice and build skills than in a game — especially one that mirrors scenes that you might actually see or situations you might encounter.   Games allow you to learn from your mistakes with little consequence.  Playing those games in what feels like the context of your life — like photo games, logic puzzles, or  brain teasers really increases the chances of  building strong skills that to use in your everyday life!

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