5 Fun Brain-Boosting Games for 4 to 6 year old Kids

Brain-Boosting Games for Kids

Hello everyone, today I am sharing some fun and interesting brain-boosting games for young children that can be played indoors. You know what, even the adults can join the kids and enjoy these activities.  And, the best part about these games is that they are not just fun but they also help in cognitive enhancement. Just like our bodies need exercise for proper functioning, our brain also needs exercise to improve memory, focus, and concentration.

I have already talked about the importance of cognitive milestones in early childhood and how the stimulation activities and environment play an important role in the brain development of babies and toddlers.

The outdoor activities and playtime are back

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The corona cases have reduced drastically in number and we have allowed our kids to go outside to play and meet with their friends. The outdoor activities and playtime are back. I feel this is the best thing that has happened to kids after seeing such a bad time this year.

But, with schools still closed, kids are spending most of their time at home in front of the screens be it for online learning, online gaming, or online entertainment.

You may also read – How to make Young Kids pay Attention during Online Classes?

kids are spending most of their time at home in front of the screens

Online Learning

And, that’s why it is one of the biggest challenges for many parents to keep their little ones happily engaged and away from screens. So, I thought why not share a few games for young kids that will not just keep them away from the screens but will also enhance their cognition. These 5 games/activities are my son’s favourite hence sharing them in this post. I am sure your kids will also enjoy playing these.

You may also read – 6 Fun Activities with Family at Home

If you are worried that your kids are always glued in front of the screen then this post is for you. Check out these 5 Brain Boosting Games for Kids.

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5 Brain-Boosting Games & Activities

1 – Jenga

So, the game on the top of our list is Jenga. Why?

Because it’s fun to play, it can be played in many ways and it also tickles your brain. It not only uses your physical skills but also needs a lot of mental skills.

Jenga is all about the blocks. First, you need to build the tower using wooden blocks. Then you take turns pulling just the right block. The tower might wobble, but you are still in the game if the tower doesn’t fall. As the blocks head for the sky, the suspense grows. Keep the blocks balanced, and you win!

Jenga is all about balancing the blocks and it's a wonderful game that can help boost brain.

Playing Jenga

Though this game is meant for ages 6 years and above as mentioned on its box, I believe introducing Jenga to your 4-year-old is a much better idea. They may not play it as it’s meant to be played but it can serve as a great stacking and balancing block game for them.

Not just that, playing Jenga can help improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills & cognitive performance. And above all, it’s a great game that can be played by the whole family together.

2- Word Search Puzzle

Next on the list of brain-boosting games is the word search puzzle game. It’s a wonderful game for children to help them improve their vocabulary & spelling.

Word search puzzle - t's a wonderful game for children to help them improve their vocabulary & spelling.

Word Search Puzzle

Word puzzles not just help boost working memory but helps in quick thinking too. Such games help to improve a child’s processing speed & also encourages a healthy sense of competition.

You can introduce this activity to kids once they are done with letter sounds and are ready to make words. Start with 2-letter words and gradually move on to bigger words & grids.

Later, you can give them other word games like Crossword & Unscramble.

3- Dumb Charades as Brain-boosting Game

The 3rd game on our list of brain-boosting games is Dumb charades. We all have played this game especially the song & movie version and we know how much fun & exciting it can be. So, why not introduce our little ones to this game at an early age.

We just have to make it age-appropriate by choosing the right categories to enact. When we play this game with our son, we choose the things we see around us to act out so that it would be relatable & easy for him to guess.

We have so much fun whenever we play dumb charades with Nemit, time just flies away. Your kids can also play this game virtually with their friends.

4- Building Vocabulary

Next comes a fun yet challenging vocabulary game, this is our version of the game Word After Word. To play this game, first, you need to choose a category like fruits or animals, or vehicles. Then the players have to go word after word after word from the chosen category until there are no more words left. The last person to say the word is the winner.

You don’t need anything to play this game & it can be played anywhere. We love to play this game while travelling too especially during long road trips. It keeps our son occupied for a long time.

5 – Snakes & Ladders

And the last game on our list is the favorite of all, snakes & ladders. It’s a great game that can help a lot in developing early math skills in young children. They can learn so much about numbers like counting, sequencing & addition. Moreover, it’s a classic and never gets old, so why not introduce this fun game to our kids.

Check out this video to see how we play these brain-boosting games with our son.

So, that’s all for this blog. I hope you enjoy playing these games with your kids. See you next time.


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    Kiran Acharya October 5, 2021 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Lovely games list. It would definitely help the parents keep the their kids entertained.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Mayura Amarkant October 5, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Loved the post and the videos! During the lockdown, my kids and I played a lot of games and it brought us closer together. Snakes and Ladders and Charades was a hot favourite! Thank you for this informative post.
    P.S…I LOVE your smile!

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      Neha Sharma October 7, 2021 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you for the compliment, Mayura 🙂

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    Sreeparna Sen October 5, 2021 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Interesting list. Useful for parents of Toddlers.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Rakhi Jayashankar October 5, 2021 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Wow I have never thought of dumb charades as a brain boosting game.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Mandavi Jaiswal October 5, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Playing word game is simplest and can be played even with grandparents around. Love the concept of vocab building game so much

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Sivaranjini October 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Fun games to help with managing children joyfully. Great list of games.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Ritu Bindra October 5, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for curating such an interesting list. These are fun games for kids and adults alike. I am sure parents would find your post extremely useful.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Deepika Sharma October 5, 2021 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Well my children are well above the age group but a great compilation. Will definitely help a lot of moms

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:31 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

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    Milan Singhal October 6, 2021 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I too love playing Jenga and snakes n ladders with my daughter.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2021 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Oh wonderful, thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Neerja October 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I am sure, young mommies only need to follow this blog for all their challenges of bringing up young ones. Keep helping.

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      Neha Sharma October 7, 2021 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      That’s so kind of you, these words mean a lot, thank you so much 🙂

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    Aurora M October 6, 2021 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Dumb charades is our favorite family game. We always enjoy a lot and sometimes get into arguments too….hahaha

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      Neha Sharma October 7, 2021 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Haha, yes it’s a fun family game and no game is complete without some light arguments. 🙂

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    Deepa October 6, 2021 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    We all love playing Jenga as a family. A very helpful list for parents.

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      Neha Sharma October 7, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deepa 🙂

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    Seema Bardeskar October 7, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    My daughter loves playing these games and many more. Lovely recos.

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      Neha Sharma October 7, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Seema 🙂

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    Madhu Bindra October 7, 2021 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    These games are a great way for not just brain-boosting but also to connect with the kids. It is so good to see the oldies there which I enjoyed with my children too.

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      Neha Sharma October 9, 2021 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      True ma’am, these are perfect games to connect with kids. Thank you for your valuable comment. 🙂

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    CINDY ANN DSILVA October 7, 2021 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    We play all the above plus dobble and UNO flip. Instead of charades, we play pictionary!

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      Neha Sharma October 9, 2021 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      We recently started playing UNO with our son and it seems that he will enjoy playing other card games too. Pictionary is also a wonderful game. Thanks for reading 🙂

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    Deepti October 8, 2021 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Neha, your family has so much of fun together. The mind games are really interesting too. Thank you for sharing them with us. God bless! 🙂

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      Neha Sharma October 9, 2021 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your valuable comment 🙂

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    Aditya October 9, 2021 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I don’t eve remember when did I played these games for the last time. I so want to do it again

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      These games are actually fun for all ages 🙂

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    Gurjeet Chhabra October 9, 2021 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    great lits. I recently find new came tic tac toe,twister, geograftic games are amazing . WE played a lot.

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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    Srikanth October 10, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Cool options, we have a small place where my son does practice his skating at times in addition to playing a few other games…

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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    Abha Singh October 10, 2021 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    These are all my favorite games Neha. I love playing them with my kids. Snake and ladder is a fun game that my kids enjoy a lot.

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Abha 🙂

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    Chetan Maheshwari October 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Useful list

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      Neha Sharma October 11, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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    Neha Jain October 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    This is a great post. This is a much-needed post in today’s time.

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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    Archana Srivastava October 12, 2021 at 8:50 am - Reply

    You have enlisted all the games that I use to play with my kiddos. Among all Jenga and building, vocab are the most favorites games of my kids.

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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    SwatiMathur October 13, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Oh I and my family love the games you have mentioned here, apart from that we play lot of board games like strategeo, Cluedo.

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      Neha Sharma October 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂

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