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Mon, 17 Dec 2007 09:00:00 -0500An anagram is a list of letters that can be formed into a word. While in the past, anagrams have been used as codes, today they make delightful puzzles.
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 09:00:00 -0500There are numerous kinds of puzzles and word games. Crosswords, jigsaws, word searches, the list of puzzles goes on and on. Puzzles provide enjoyment to people of all ages. Thousands of people solve daily crossword puzzles published in their local newspapers.
Mon, 3 Dec 2007 09:00:00 -0500There are many challenging word puzzles. Possibly one of the most difficult to create is a palindrome. A palindrome spells the same word backward as forward. For example, take the word:
Tue, 8 May 2007 09:00:00 -0400The golden rule is a guide to most situations in life, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It is not always easy to put ourselves in another person's shoes and try to understand how we would feel if we were them. However, it is important to do in order to be able to adapt activities to allow for our friends or family with disabilities to participate with us. Naturally humans are social beings, regardless of physical limitation, and even many mental disabilities. Because it can be difficult for others to know how to effectively involve those who have disabilities into regular activities, here are some tips to help get started.
Tue, 20 Mar 2007 09:00:00 -0500Do your children excel in school? Have they mastered the skills of their grades? Should they skip a level? If a child is out-performing other children, should they go forward in their schooling faster? These questions may be hard for a parent to answer.
Tue, 9 Jan 2007 21:00:00 -0500An anagram is a word, a sentence, or a phrase made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.
Tue, 2 Jan 2007 09:00:00 -0500The holidays are over but what games and puzzles hold the attention of players and capture all generations?
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400Any family with a Scrabble tradition has doubtless developed their own set of house rules, particularly if that household includes children requiring modifications. House rules can make play more interesting and lively, place an emphasis on learning rather than competition, or simply be used to speed the game up. Below, are some common house rules I’ve heard about or used at home. Each rule adds its own twist to the game. I welcome you to try them!
Tue, 5 Sep 2006 09:00:00 -0400So you think you are ready to take your Scrabble game to the next level? You are considering membership in a Scrabble club, or entering a local tournament? How do you know if you are ready? You may be the family champion, having mastered the basics, but will your reputation hold up in the competitive arena?
Tue, 29 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400Scrabble was a tradition in my family. From the time I could barely see the board from my vantage point at the edge of the table, I witnessed the subtle strategies used by my older brother and sisters at play. I dreamed of the day I was old enough to play—how I'd dazzle them all with my victory! But that day was long in coming. If there’s any game that makes kids feel left out, it’s Scrabble. Because it requires reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills, many parents think Scrabble isn’t for the very young. Think again! Parents these days can easily introduce the game to a child as young as four or five years old. With a little time and effort, they can help children even develop advanced skills that many adults don’t know.
Tue, 22 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400An acrostic is a poem in which the first or last letters of each line vertically form a word, phrase, or sentence. An acrostic that involves the sequential letters of the alphabet is said to be an abecedarius or an abecedarian poem.
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400A palindrome is a sequence of characters which is the same forwards as backwards. A palindrome is a word or phrase which reads the same in both directions. A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forwards or backwards, for example, "noon", wow", "bib". A palindrome is when a word or phrase spells the same thing backwards (all letters reversed) as it does forwards.
Tue, 1 Aug 2006 09:00:00 -0400This article will give you five proven tips guaranteed to transform your Scrabble game. Whether you are a novice to the game, or looking to increase your skill in order to compete in clubs or tournaments, a little practice with these techniques will bring instant results!
Tue, 4 Jul 2006 09:00:00 -0400IQ or intelligent quotient is supposed to test intelligence irregardless of age or environment la factors, yet numerous studies show that envirnmaental factors can strongly influence IQ. The concept of intelligence has continued to evolve, despite problems with and misuses of IQ testing.
Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:00:00 -0400Cardboard puzzles were first introduced in the late 1800's, and were primarily used for children's puzzles. The idea caught on and, until about 1820, jigsaw puzzles remained educational tools. Decades later the popularity of puzzles soared and in the early 1900's, both wooden and cardboard jigsaw puzzles were available. Pastime puzzles were so successful that Parker Brothers stopped making games and devoted its entire factory to puzzle production in 1909.
Tue, 20 Jun 2006 09:00:00 -0400Chess, the game of kings, has its origins appropriately shrouded in mystery.
Tue, 13 Jun 2006 09:00:00 -0400Many ask what activities they can do to keep their mind sharp. Online games and puzzles are perfect activities to sweep the cobwebs out of your brain. You need to keep your brain cells humming. You can work on creativity with visual art puzzles. You can work on logical thought process through number and letter puzzles. Classic crossword puzzles and a competitive game of scrabble are great places to start.
Tue, 30 May 2006 09:00:00 -0400Logical reasoning is an important skill in many areas of life besides criminal cases. Effective logical reasoning plays a key role in engineering when designing machinery, systems, and logistical procedures. Logical reasoning is also present in event planning, finance, and many areas of science. Logic plays a role in nearly every situation through your different choices. The manner in which you proceed through each item affects the entire product.
Tue, 23 May 2006 09:00:00 -0400Lateral thinking is a way of attacking problems from other angles, as opposed to the more traditional linear and logical ways. Debono uses chess as an example of where logic normally suffices, if the pieces are a given. Lateral thinking, however, acknowledges that in real life we mostly just assume the pieces are given, when really we need to change those pieces or look beyond them for the most useful solutions.
Tue, 16 May 2006 09:00:00 -0400Mensa was founded in 1946, in England. The Mensa Society was formed specifically for intelligent individuals. The aim of Mensa was to create a non-political society free from all forms of racial or religious distinctions, that focussed on exceptional intelligence. All are welcomed into Mensa regardless of background, religion, socioeconomic condition, race, or age.
Tue, 9 May 2006 17:57:01 -0400Who says self-improvement has to be hard? Here are 10 quick and easy ways to improve your most important asset - your brain.
Tue, 2 May 2006 09:00:00 -0400The first book of crosswords was published in 1924. It became a best-seller and crosswords replaced mah-jongg as the most popular American game. Crossword puzzle design and solving is an excellent way to sharpen focus. Regardless of whether design and or solve numerous crossword puzzles, you will learn one more way to enhance memory and creative expression. Some even say that crossword puzzles help keep Alzheimer's at bay.
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400Sudoku puzzles have reached legendary popularity over the past few years. If you play regularly, then you have a pretty good idea what makes this puzzle game so special. If you have never played before there is only one question to ask. Where have you been? Open your eyes and grab a pencil, because it is time to join the rest of civilization.
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400Family vacations can be one of the best ways to make memories that will last you and your kids a lifetime. But no matter how long you are staying at your chosen destination, when travelling with children the longest part of the trip can be your journey there. Long rides in a car or airplane can seem endless for young kids who can not wait to get to their vacation destination. It can also seem endless for parents who have to listen to choruses of the infamous line, "Are we there yet?" However, by keeping in mind a few kid friendly travel tips, parents can make the travel time fly by for their kids and themselves.
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400If you have heard of Sudoku, then chances are you have been living in a bunker for the last year or so.
Wed, 5 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0400In all games that we play, mind control is the most important factor between failure and victory.
Tue, 21 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0400Every person who has ever done the Sudoku puzzle over time has at some point become frustrated. You get to a situation where you just can't see any headway. There seems to be no clues as where to go next. And I know from personal experience that staring blankly at the puzzle waiting for a solution to hit you between the eyes just never happens. There are two keys to getting past the frustration.
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0400Most people are under the wrong impression that sudoku is of Japanese origin when the only thing Japanese about sudoku is the word sudoku.Sudoku is, for all intents and purposes, a brand name; it is not the generic name of the game.
Mon, 6 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0400Do you have a favorite thinking game? As a child growing up, I used to love to play games that were puzzles, something to challenge me not physically but challenge my mind. We used to do simple things like create objects out of clouds or find out what would happen when too much water was added to the mud pie. Nevertheless, it seems that many children in our society today are rather uninterested in those types of games. They now just do what the Game Boy tells them to.
Wed, 25 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Use it or lose it, most definitely applies to our brains. How many of us actually remember all we were taught at school. I know some would say that much of what we learned was pointless. I guess I don't really need to know how many millions of miles away the sun and the moon are.
Tue, 24 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Classic thinking games are a great way to tune up your brain. You can use these mind games to help you increase your brain power and to get you out of your thinking "ruts." Play them enough, and they'll habituate you to using creative problem solving as a normal part of thinking about things.
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 10:17:01 -0400Have you ever read the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes? He could solve any case with ease by deducing the answer from the clues. He examined the individual clues of the case and then pieced them together to find the culprit. He could even figure out how the perpetrator completed his criminal act. His case solving skills were based largely around logical reasoning.
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0400Pattern recognition, spatial relationships, and logical thinking are all necessary skills as students learn to read, do math, and develop problem-solving strategies. Having a big collection of puzzles and games on hand can make developing these skills fun.
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 10:14:33 -0400Jigsaw puzzles have a lot of educational value for children of all ages. This is because to do a jigsaw requires a child to use several different aspects of the thinking process. A baby learns to recognize objects by their shape and not necessarily what position the object is in. A chair is a chair whether it is upright, lying down, or upside down-it doesn't matter.
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 10:13:20 -0400Sudoku is one of the hottest trends in games and entertainment. The interest in this Japanese number crossword puzzle is absolutely at a fever pitch. The rules are simple - fill in the squares so that all numbers are represented only once per row. Simple rules, difficult to follow.
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 10:11:15 -0400Sudoku is one of the hottest trends in games and entertainment. The interest in this Japanese number crossword puzzle is absolutely at a fever pitch. The rules are simple - fill in the squares so that all numbers are represented only once per row. Simple rules, difficult to follow. What makes Sudoku almost addicting is the consistent challenge of finding the right match.