HOMEWORK MIGHT BE GOOD FOR THE BRAIN, BUT FUN? Not so much. That's why these hacks for boosting children's brainpower might be perfect activities when they need a break. Try these experiments, quizzes, and crafts to trick their brains into having fun while they're learning. (But they still have to do their homework!) —Rachel Buchholz
Pulling off a prank uses plenty of brain skills. Challenge your little trickster to take this personality quiz to see which famous prank they'd get away with. Maybe they have something in common with a Roman emperor who liked to use whoopee cushions!
These lines are crazy wavy—or are they? Have children check out this episode from the just-for-kids version of Brain Games to see how sometimes our noodle plays tricks on us. They'll learn some brain science and have fun doing the activities.
How many jelly beans are in that jar? With some simple math, children can figure it out. Experts say that the ability to estimate is an important life skill that also flexes those math muscles. Use these tricks to help your kids estimate things like leaves on a tree, a fence's length, and of course that jelly bean head-scratcher.
It sounds crazy, but a kid who lies is actually building cognitive reasoning skills as their brain juggles all sorts of complex interactions. So you might be mortified, but a child's lie is normal—and sometimes healthy. Here are some tales your little liar might tell based on their age, as well as some adviceon dealing with the fibs.
What happens when the right and left sides of your child's brain compete to send information to their body? (Above, a woman tries moving her left and right hands in opposite directions.)Try these fun games and mind teasers to see what happens when your brain is put to the test!