Challenge the brain. 1 - 2 - 3, 1- 2 - 3 ...

Your child needs exercise and that includes a challenge for his or her brain. Like every muscle in your body, if you don't use it, it won't be much good to you when you need it most.

OK, maybe the brain isn't a muscle, but it certainly benefits from regular exercise. The brain remembers its learned skills so they can be used again and again to solve problems.

Then, the brain remembers its successes and failures after each attempt. The specific knowledge is converted into a discipline.

If a child doesn't experience lots of successes, the child won't find the motivation to attempt new things. The memory of successes makes the child eager to participate.

The same thing has happened to all of us. "I don't feel like doing that". And yet we never tried it, did we? Like a new type of food or amusement ride. But if we actually did it once, and enjoyed it, it might become our new favourite thing to do. We, or rather the kids, would feel the creative juices flow.

So let's exercise our children's brains and let them have some fun in the process. These tests aren't difficult or long. Please suggest some new ideas for me to prepare.

The first is a general knowledge quiz

Let's warm up the brain cells

How many legs does an octopus have?
6
7
8
9
What is the tallest mountain in the world?
Mount Rushmore
Mount Kilomanjero
Mount Washington
Mount Everest
Mount Fuji
The sun is...
Bigger than the moon
Bigger than the earth
Bigger than the solar system
Bigger than a galaxy
The largest temperature change can occur...
In Greenland
In the Arctic
In Iceland
In the Sahara Desert
In Anarctica
Which of these are mammals?
Goldfish
Camels
Bees
Badgers
Budgies
How old are you?
Under 8 years old
8 or 9 years old
10, 11 or 12 years old
Over 12 years old


Now we'll try a science teaser. Science was always my favourite subject in school and still is. The word comes from the Latin for "to know" or "knowledge". In general, if you are interested in science, you can marvel at many more things than might exist in history or social studies and much more. At least that's my personal opinion.

Gice this teaser a whirl. You might find yourself looking up some answers in references books or online. Enjoy.

Science Quiz

A spinning disc containing the basic colours of the spectrum will appears as what colour?
Yellow
Black
Cyan
White
Grey
The flame of a candle is burning what material?
Air
Water
Wax vapour
Wick
Wax liquid
Steam
CO2
When the moon is closest to the earth is at its...
Apogee
Perigee
Fulcrum
Perpendicular
Point of origin
The boiling point of water in centigrade is
10 points
32 degrees
0 kelvins
100 degrees
0 degrees
In theory, a millepede would have how many more legs than a centiped?
100
1000
900
90
10
When a solid turns into gas without first becoming liquid it is called...
Evaporation
Sublimation
Irrigation
Appropriation
Consternation
Which one is most out of place?
Meteor
Comet
Asteroid
Star
Meteorite
The deepest spot in the Pacific Ocean is about...
2 miles
5 kilometres
20,000 feet
7 miles
1,000 metres
The tilt of the earth on its axis is about...
2 degrees
23.5 degrees
15.2 degrees
Not titled
45.7 degrees
Friction is what you get when two objects...
Move in the same direction
Move away from each other
Move against each other
Move toward each other
Don't move at all
How old are you?
Under 8 years old
8 or 9 years old
10, 11 or 12 years old
Over 12 years old



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