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A Challenging Word Puzzle That Force You to “Be Complicated”

4 Nov

The best kind of brain exercise is one that employs more than process — one that is complicated and challenges you to use more of your brain.

Word Sequences are puzzles do just that.  In order to solve the puzzle you will have to think critically, tap into some spatial skills, and problem solve while pulling out words that fit all the clues and cues. That means using multiple processes all at once!

Playing word sequences is tough for a couple reasons.

First, you have to move the correct letters down to fill in pieces of the word below it — that means you must visually line up the letters and mechanically put the right letter in the appropriate spot. See the example below but the idea is move the letters into the blanks lines below them. That requires spatial orientation and discrimination (only move letters on to the blank lines and not into the circles and make sure you lining it all up correctly).

Next you must look at the clue and sort through a list of possible right answers in your memory. The clues in this puzzle are not always clear cut so sift and sort through the possible answers.

Finally, based on the letters you moved on to the blank lines and the number of remaining blank circles you must choose from that list and write in the answer. Based on all of that, fill in the circles with the appropriate letters.

Step and repeat until you reach the end!

Here is a sample.

Word sequences EXAMPLE


Try this one on your own. Take your time and focus on one task at a time.

Wednesday's Word Challenge word sequences word game

Was this a challenge? If so, what part was hardest for you?

Puzzles like these can help you find clues to processing challenges. Pay attention to what feels difficult and watch for patterns!


Think Fast: Decision Making, Processing Speed, & An Interactive Brain Game

26 Dec

Do you struggle to pull out the right word or solve a math problem as fast as you would like? Yes, as we age, thinking quickly can become more challenging – that is a result of brain changes that effect processing speed.

Processing speed is measured by how quickly, fluently, and easily you perform every day thinking tasks.

Here is the upside of changes in processing speed – you can work on those skills and they get better! It really is all about mental flexibility and agility. Improving your mental processing speed includes working on things that might make you shift thinking quickly and easily, adapt to changes, and reorganize your thoughts as new situations arise.

Here is another Cranium Crunches game that will allow you to practice this skill while filtering out distractions and “noise” and tuning up your working memory!  This game, MATCH, is tougher than it sounds but I love it because it makes me work hard every single time I play! MATCH requires quick thinking, ability to adapt, visual memory, and problem solving all at once so this exercise takes your brain work out to a new level! Here is how you play:

Choose an Album by clicking one of the photos on the screen. I gave you two. Hearts is much easier for me than Hot Air Balloons but every one is a bit different! An image will appear on the screen. Click start when you are ready. That image will be replaced with another image. If the images match, give it a Thumbs Up! If the images don’t match, choose Thumbs Down. You can select Thumbs Up either by clicking on the Thumbs Up photo or by using the left arrow key on your keyboard. Likewise, you may choose Thumbs Down by clicking on the photo or using the right arrow key on your keyboard.

If you choose correctly, the box will be outlined in green and your score will go up! Choose incorrectly and the box will have a red outline and your score remains the same. Another image will show up on the screen. Is this one exactly like the one you just saw? Choose thumbs up or thumbs down.

Each time you choose correctly you get a point so working quickly will help you get a higher score! Rack up as many points before time runs out.

How did you do?

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