Most children will not mind if they are allowed to stay at home during the entire day, playing video games. However, this is not a healthy lifestyle and, therefore, every parent should prevent this. On the other hand, some children will be anxious to get out of the house at any time, engaging into series of physical activities whenever they can, tiring their bodies excessively. It goes without saying that this is not good as well. So, you need to help your child find a balance in his/her life, having enough of physical activity while, at the same time, sufficiently doing many brain exercises.Brain Exercises for Children
Brain teasers are an excellent way of keeping children's minds busy. Basically, these are nothing more but riddles. However, riddles require a significant mental effort to be solved. Thus, whenever your child is having a birthday party, or his/her friends come over, you can keep them active by dividing them into two groups and reading them some interesting riddles, giving them the answers if they do not know them.
Alternatively, memory games are always a productive way to boost your child's brain activity. Basically, you can use cards placed face-down, where your child can reveal only a pair at a time, trying to find an equal match for each card. Also, you may expose the child to about 20 odd objects for a minute or so, asking him/her to memorize as many of these as possible, writing them on a sheet of paper afterwards. Both of these can be played with a group of children as well, being great for parties and similar events.
Pop quizzes are great for checking your child's memory, even though he/she may find these boring. Prepare sets of short and easy-to-answer questions, testing your child's memory regarding everyday things and events. You can ask about names of certain people like the postman, a distant relative, the neighbors etc. Then, have a system of marking the test, with a minimum of required points. Once the child does this test badly, he/she will try much harder the next time. Thus, without even knowing it, he/she will be boosting his/her brain activity.
Other Games and Activities for Your Child's Brain
As for reflexes and attention, you can throw a ball in your child's hands and see how he/she will react. It is better to do this when other children are visiting your home. Alternatively, you can blindfold the children and move around the group, clapping next to their ears. After each clap the children closest to the clap should raise their hands.
All in all, there is plenty of games which may boost your child's brain activity and make him/her think harder just by participating in a game.