I'm just giddy!
New research shows that playing board, card and computer games for an hour and fifteen minutes, twice a week for eight weeks, raised IQ scores by an average of 13 points.
The kicker is, that, on average, a child's IQ is raised 12 points for a year of going to school.
Playing games twice a week is better for your IQ than going to school for a whole year!
The raise in IQ was in direct correlation to the areas that the games were focused on. That's so cool.
"The games chosen were card games like SET, the traffic-jam puzzle Rush Hour, and Qwirkle, a cross between Dominos and Scrabble. For the Nintendo DS, they chose Picross and Big Brain Academy. There were also two games for the computer one called Azada, another called Chocolate Fix."
We play SET, Rush Hour, Big Brain Academy and Chocolate Fix at our house. I will have to check out the others.
Now, get off the computer and go play some games with your kids. :)
Wish you were here!