Challenge Yourself: Keeping your Brain Active

We already know that puzzling has multiple benefits—it’s relaxing, fun, and a good way to keep your brain in tip top shape. In fact, puzzles (and the variations of puzzles from Sudoku to Scrabble) are second on Wiki’s list of things to do to exercise that big mass of nerves inside your cranium.

The more you challenge your brain, the more new nerve pathways you form. The benefit of this has some amazingly positive benefits: namely, it can help you avert cognitive decline.

So here’s some things (easy things!) you can start doing in your daily life to make things a little more interesting, and make your brain work just a little bit harder.

1. Get strategizing! Play strategy games like chess or bridge, Poker or Scrabble.

2. Do new things to perk up your brain. Brush your teeth with your eyes closed or use your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth (or build a puzzle)! Take a new route to work and stop living life on autopilot.

3. Read more. Books, magazines, blogs (this one counts!) or the newspaper. Set little goals: ten pages of your novel a day before bed, an article with your lunch break meal, whatever—just fit in some reading time!

4. Start memorizing more. Stop relying on your cell phone and try to learn a new friend’s phone number. Or your grocery list. Or how about the US presidents in order?

5. Listen to classical music because it increases brain activity more positively and helps with spatial intelligence.

How about trying something new with your puzzles? Creative Crafthouse has a huge selection of brain teasers that will push you in entirely new ways! For instance, check out this brain puzzle:

Brainwave. Ages 10+. Difficulty: 4 out of 6.

From the info page: This fellow really has a lot on his mind. Can you help him organize his thoughts? You must insert the 10 pegs into his mind such that no color is repeated on any of the rows, columns, or diagonals of the triangle on BOTH sides at the same time. Each peg has a different color combination on its ends.

Review of Wooden Puzzle from A Bloggy Mom!

 I was sent a wooden chess board puzzle from Puzzle Warehouse - and we have had a lot of fun trying to figure it out and memorize the various ways that it has worked. As this puzzle is a chess board, it is my newest cherished item. Not only does it remind me of all the evenings I have sat and challenged my husband to a game of chess – but it takes me back to when my father first introduced the game to me.

The kids have always wanted to be a part of mine and Dan’s game of chess. This puzzle has intrigued them and has helped bring them a little closer to the game. The pieces are solid wood – which helps to keep them from being destroyed by little hands that are eager to solve the puzzle.”

- Review from aBloggyMom.com

Wooden Brain Teasers (also known as Mechanical Puzzles)

Browse some of latest additions to our collection of wooden brain teasers (mechanical puzzles) from Creative Crafthouse. These guys handcraft these high quality wooden puzzles in Spring Hill, Florida. Many of the puzzles are inspired by puzzle designs that have not been made in years. Aside from individual puzzle, they also have beautiful gift boxes with 3 or more puzzles included in a wooden box. Some of the brain teasers are easy to solve, rated a 1 out of 6 on the difficulty level, where others are rated 6 out of 6. For more information and to see prices and even more designs, visit our collection of Creative Crafthouse Puzzles on our website.