We know that daily physical activity is good for the body, but what can we do to exercise our brains? Fortunately, it's Brainteaser Month all month long, so we've collected some great books that will help keep your mind active and sharp!
Studies have shown that regular use of brainteasers can help protect against Alzheimers Disease and dementia. Brainteasers can take many forms; for those who are fond of words there are crosswords, word searches and acrostics, while for the mathematically-inclined there is Sudoku. Whatever way you choose to engage your mind, you're sure to find plenty of resources at the library!
Starting with Nat Geo's Brain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain, we learn just how powerful and complex our brains really are. A companion to the TV show of the same name, this book is a treasure trove of information which introduces us to "brainy news nuggets from a neuroscientist, plus fun facts and crazy challenges." If you're looking for more hands-on (or brains-on) activities, check out Cool Thinking: Healthy & Fun Ways to Train Your Brain by Alex Kuskowski. These activities will provide some more mental exercise for that giant brain muscle that's housed inside your head!
If you really want to see what your brain can do, try Sensational Illusions: Bamboozle Your Brain, Scramble Your Senses by Jemma Westing. Inside you'll find "mind-blowing sensory challenges, optical illusions tricks, and games." You'll never look at your 5 senses the same again! For even more jokes, riddles, puzzles, and brain teasers, open up The Everything Kids' Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers by Michael Dahl.