The body needs to warm-up before a workout! The same is true for our brains. We use these quick exercises both offline and online in order to stimulate our brain. Some of the warm-ups are math based, some language based and others critical thinking. I have used most of them in the classroom setting and many could be used individually as well.
24 Game – Use 4 digits and the 4 mathematical operations to equal 24
Riddle of the Day – Quick fun riddle
Word of the Day – vocab word for the day
Quote of the Day – or Quotation Station
Number of the Day – quick number exercise that takes one number and asks 10 questions about it
Rebus Puzzles – out of the box thinking and there are books of these as well
Creative Writing – Creativing writing prompts for your writer
Noodlers – visual spatial thinking game
Tangrams Don’t let those little tykes in the photos fool you! The hard ones are HARD!
Logic Puzzle books – Check out the reviews, Amazon has a bunch!
Mystery Object– Closeup photos – ask what do you think this is? What makes you say that exactly?
Word Ladders – Word puzzle
Would You Rather – A new question every day
Puzzle Paradise – various puzzles
Mancala and DIY game – Classic mancala game and how to make one yourself from
Scattergories – fun verbal game of topics
SET Game – classic game and there is a new one every day! Great for individuals or teams with a smart board
Scrabble Online – classic Scrabble
Quiddler – an online game or card game
Kakooma – various math puzzles
KenKen Puzzles – a very addictive math puzzle! These are fun!
WangDoodles – a Math Playground game
Word Wipe – fun word game
What’s the Question? – Instead of asking a question, present a photo and have them generate the question
Simon Says – the class Simon game
Mancala Online – Mancala online
Puzzle Collection – lots of puzzles
Brain Teasers — Older kids – list of brain teasers
Wonderopolis – lots of things to click on and wonder about!
Chess – Play with the computer, set your own level and even has a “coach” option
Logic Games – various logic games
Everyday Mysteries – the answer to life’s mysteries!
BrainPop Game – Guts and Bolts – game
GeoGuesser – Given a location, can you guess where you are in the world?