In a world where social networks and networks are becoming more and more important for later generations, it is more important than ever to teach children in every possible way and create bonds with them offline. A great way to accomplish all of this that almost everyone is largely neglecting is brain teasers. Riddles are good for kids in more ways than you think.
make them laugh: Nothing is more precious than the laughter of a child. Laughter is also a great way to motivate people to keep working when things seem monotonous. It helps us release stress, relaxes the brain and body and makes us feel good. Since this boredom is one of the biggest problems associated with children’s learning, riddles are a great way to break up the day and relax the brain, while keeping it going.
Make them think: Critical thinking and problem solving skills are two of the most prized skills in our society today, as evidenced by the importance of the SAT and ACT in American society. Both tests rely heavily on critical thinking and problem solving skills. Riddles have been shown in several studies to improve children’s comprehension and creativity, making them a perfect exercise for the brain.
Improve your reading comprehension: In the United States, literacy rates are 99 percent, but understanding is another story. Everyone can read, but this does not mean that they can understand more complex topics. Riddles improve reading comprehension skills by expanding vocabulary and word comprehension.
Expand your vocabulary: When children (and really everyone) encounter words they don’t understand, they figure them out through context. Riddles give words a great deal of context, making it easier for children to learn, remember, and use these words. Otherwise, the puzzles force children to ask more questions about words they don’t understand.
Allowing them to teach: Teaching riddles to children allows them to know something that is easily repeated and taught to other people. Instead of just repeating the information they learn on tests, they can also teach these puzzles to their peers, parents, and teachers. This reinforces their understanding of the puzzle and also allows them to interact with people in a constructive social way.
To bond with children: Teaching children riddles gives them a fun and constructive way to bond with their parents and other people, building good social skills.
For these reasons, all children should be exposed to puzzles frequently.