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# How to Create Brain Games

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Unless you’re a mobile app or software developer, the easiest Brain Games to create from the scratch are puzzles and riddles.

Solutions of puzzles often require the recognition of patterns and the adherence to a particular kind of ordering. People with a high level of inductive reasoning aptitude may be better at solving such puzzles than others. But puzzles based upon inquiry and discovery may be solved more easily by those with good deduction skills. Deductive reasoning improves with practice.

Mathematical puzzles often involves BODMAS. BODMAS is an acronym and it stands for Bracket, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction. In certain regions, PEDMAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction) is the synonym of BODMAS. It explains the order of operations to solve an expression.

Some mathematical puzzle requires Top to Bottom convention to avoid the ambiguity in the order of operations. It is an elegantly simple idea that relies, as Sudoku does, on the requirement that numbers appear only once starting from top to bottom as coming along.

“Why did the man feel bloated after eating 10 tomatoes?”

This could be the start of a puzzle. Some would feel he ate too much, but in reality, water makes up 90% of tomatoes. So while he actually ate too much by eating 10 tomatoes, it was in fact the water content that made him feel bloated.

To create your own puzzle, start building a block of words that come to your mind. Write down each word on paper.

Example: Penny – letter – romance – center – solution – mystery

Next, write a list of associating words: weak – alphabet – inspired – piece – discovery – trivia – undiscovered – state of mind.

What you need to do now is to review your word list. Find the word that associates with the first word on your list. Penny, take a minute to think about what the word means to you. We could go with fiscal, since penny refers to money. Or we could instead go for weak. Weak is a good option, since penny is worth relatively nothing these days. Associating the word penny with fiscal makes sense if you think of the saying “a penny saved is a penny earned”.

Next, take the word “Letter”. Letter could easily be associated with alphabet or writer. What you choose in this instance does not really matter. You could elevate writing letters over alphabets and perhaps draw your conclusions from there.

Now, think of the word romance. This a word that can easily be associated with undiscovered, mystery, inspired, state of mind etc. In this case, let’s associate it with inspired, since you must feel inspired to be guided to that romantic state of mind. On your own, think about how you can associate romance with mystery and undiscovered. Try to draw your own conclusions. For me, I’d say you have to explore your inner self, which is often a mystery to most of us us. This will help you find your romantic side.

Center is also something to discover. You can consider the center of the universe, middle area and centerpieces that go on a table. Thus, you can associate center with pieces. Solution is another thing we discover. In this case, the associated word is quite obvious, discovery. Mystery is also something to be discovered. We must explore what is kept in secrecy to find solutions to know problems. Mystery is also inspired. We often find ourselves inspired to find answers to that which is hidden.

Steve Hiles

I am a retired military and elementary school teacher living in Tennessee. I am an avid reader and love to write. I am very passionate about helping teachers. I hope you find my educational tips and strategies useful,and enjoy hearing about my personal journey.

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### Steve Hiles

I am a retired military and elementary school teacher living in Tennessee. I am an avid reader and love to write. I am very passionate about helping teachers. I hope you find my educational tips and strategies useful and enjoy hearing about my personal journey. Thanks for visiting!

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