Advantages Of Puzzles And Board Games

Families across the world have been stuck at home for over a year now due to the pandemic. In most homes, however, parents are running out of ideas on how to keep their children entertained, while providing mental stimulation at the same time. However, with puzzles and board games, children are occupied for longer periods of time with great cognitive benefits too.


Gumtree outlines the advantages of playing board games and puzzles this winter:


Advantages of playing board games:

1. Popular board games such as Catan helps with logical thinking, problem solving and negotiating.

2. Those who play board games have improved attention spans as they need to be more patient playing with multiple people.

3. Board games include extensive brain exercises as players have to learn the rules, strategise and make quick decisions to win.

4. Board games are an excellent reason to put down your screens in an increasingly technology-driven world.

5. Playing board games with family and friends is known to boost morale and improve overall mood.


Advantages of puzzles:

1. Puzzles of different kinds ensure you exercise both sides of your brain i.e. by being creative and thinking logically.

2. Puzzles are known to improve short-term memory and studies have even shown the growth of brain connections.

3. They help improve overall problem-solving skills and critical thinking.

4. Puzzles can improve visual and spatial reasoning skills.

5. The process of doing puzzles can increase the production of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that improves memory and concentration.

6. While doing puzzles, our brains are focused on that one task only. This, in turn, encourages us to be in a more meditative state of mind, reducing stress at the same time.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local puzzles and board games close to home.

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