For most people, the letters “I” and “Q” are just that, two little letters in the alphabet. But for a school psychologist, those letters when put together, mean so much more! For me, “IQ” stands for the cognitive ability of a student. It can decide what class a child will take or what program they will be placed in. It can show where their strengths and weaknesses are and how they can be helped in the classroom. The little letters “I” and “Q” are my life!
So when I saw a game with those important two letters in it, I knew it was for me! IQ Twist from SmartGames is an exciting brain boosting game that will have kids and adults entertained for hours! IQ Twist is a fun hands-on multi-level logic game that helps enhance a variety of cognitive skills. This game is a fun “twist” on traditional thinking and reasoning games that is perfect for all levels of learners.
IQ Twist from SmartGames comes in a small carrying case making it perfect for traveling, sitting by the pool, airplane rides, hotel rooms and more! The small box fits in your purse, suitcase, diaper bag or even in your pocket. It’s a great way to get kids (and adults) to enhance cognitive development even while on vacation or just going on a car ride to grandma’s house.
How Do You Play?
IQ Twist comes with 8 twisted playing pieces in yellow, green, red and blue. It also comes with 7 colored pegs. All pieces fit perfectly in a small plastic carrying case. Inside the case is also a booklet with directions as well as 100 challenges ranging from easy to extremely difficult.
To start, remove all the twisted pieces and place them in the lid of the carrying case. Select the challenge level you would like to attempt. I recommend beginning with the easiest level labeled “starter” then progress from there. Place the pegs and pieces on the game board as shown in the picture in the booklet. The goal is to then add each twisted playing piece to the board so they all fit perfectly. The pieces that have holes can ONLY go over pegs of the same color. There is only one solution for each challenge (which can be found in the back of the booklet).
Solved the first one? Great, now you can move on to the next challenge. I had fun making it through the “starter” challenges but they did become progressively more difficult. My advice is “Don’t stress yourself out.” If you get stuck on one, just move onto the next one. The point is to have fun while working all those great cognitive skills!
Like all the games and toys Mommy University reviews and enjoys, IQ Twist offers amazing developmental value. As stated earlier, this game focuses on a great deal of cognitive skills making it a wonderful brain boosting game!
4 Cognitive Benefits of IQ Twist
Enhances Visual-Motor-Spatial Integration Skills
This game helps kids and adults learn to use all of these skills together to solve a problem. While playing, you must use your visual and spatial skills to decide where the pieces will fit. You then have to combine that with your fine motor skills to complete the action your mind is telling you to do. This is a skill that is essential for academic success.
Increases Visual-Perceptual Skills
Visual perceptual processing is the ability to process the visual information presented in front of you and then integrate it with your other senses. When you process visual information, you also mentally compare what you are seeing to what you have seen in the past. This helps you to solve problems more effectively. When playing IQ Twist, you have to visually process the problem in order to solve it successfully.
Involves Persistance and Determination
In order to be successful in IQ Twist, especially the really challenging problems, you must persevere and be determined to succeed. Playing this game teaches kids and adults to work hard to solve problems and to not give up if the solution does not come that easily to them. It is also important, however, to not overwhelm yourself. IQ Twist helps players learn when to move on when a problem becomes stressful then come back later to try again! This is a very important test taking skill!
Enhances Thinking and Reasoning Skills
A great deal of logic and reasoning is involved when playing IQ Twist. Even when a trial and error approach is used, strategic planning will eventually come into play when you discover that only certain pieces can go in certain places. Kids learn to think through problems instead of being impulsive.
It is clear to see that IQ Twist is not only fun but a wonderful educational tool as well! Want your own IQ Twist? You can purchase it at your local retailer or on amazon.com for only $9.99. For more information, visit the SmartGames website.
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