October 6, 2014

A "Fun" Way to Exercise Your Brain

As you some of you might know, I am a stay-at-home mom. You'd think it's easy but it's really not. Besides doing the never-ending household chores, I also need to take care of my active little darling. At times, I feel so tired and  I can't really take a naps during the day because my daughter won't let me. Sometimes I imagine being alone somewhere, to have that me-time and relax, I thought it was selfish though and I know for sure that I won't enjoy moments like that without my family. So, I found a different approach to amuse myself, and that is by playing games! Oh yes, I love games. I even used to play online ones, then there came app games, but what I love the most are games which exercise the mind. Perfect example is the shell game. This is a one-player game designed as a fun way to exercise the brain.
ThinkFun - Shell Game
The game includes 6 sea shells, 6 hermit crabs, 3 ocean stones and a booklet of 60 challenges that ranges from novice to expect! The objective of the game is to get your hermit crabs from the start position to the end position by using memory and logic.
What the games includes6 sea shells, 6 hermit crabs, 3 ocean stones and a booklet of challenges

How To Play:
1) Select a challenge. I suggest you do the beginner ones if it's your first time. I had a hard time winning that first challenge, it actually took me 3 times. LOL!
2) Setup the crabs and stones on the challenge card to match the start position. Place a stone on any gray position that doesn't have a letter. In my case, I prefer to line up my stones in the start figure then I...
3) Cover each crab and stone with a sea shell. Then I drag it towards the middle which is the four (4) gray circles.
Position the hermit and stones
4) Swap the shells (two at a time) from position along the printed arcs to get the crabs to the end position. The end position is the lower portion where, in this case, is the 3 gray and 1 red circles.
Swap by following the brown lines only.Swap by following the brown lines only.
5) Continue swapping until you believe the Crabs are in the correct order.
6) When you think you've got it, lift up the shells. If the crabs match the end position - You WIN! Again, I prefer dragging the shells down to the end position, I find it more exciting to see if the color matches or not.
The stones and hermits should match the end position!
I didn't show the end-result because I didn't win this game. LOL!
There are also rules to follow when playing the shell game. Make sure you don't cheat, or else, the purpose of this game will not be valid or let me say that in a more conscientious way - Your brain won't be exercised if you cheat! LOL!
1) No arc between shells. You can only swap shells along the printed arcs.
2) Don't lift the shells to peak underneath unless you think you've solved the challenge!

For young kids and beginners though, one peek per challenge is allowed. *Wink*

When you're playing, do not give up, if you were not able to solve the puzzle the first time, just reset and give it another try. If you're stuck or feeling crabby, you can check the Solutions page starting on page 4 of the booklet.

By the way, I quoted "Fun" in the title because when I'm not able to do the challenge right, I laugh at myself for being so... nevermind. LOL!

I think by the time I reach the expert challenges, I won't feel relaxed anymore! It just gets harder and harder every time! LOL! I need to play with this often so my mind will get used to this jumbling memory game by ThinkFun! My husband will surely like this because he is very competitive and he doesn't easily give up. Ha! I'll have him try this shell game soon!

How about you, do you have any favorite games and what do you like about it?

DISCLOSURE
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34 comments :

  1. Wow! Looks like a lot of fun. I love brain exercise games and puzzles.

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  2. That sounds like an awesome game. I want to get one for myself.

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  3. We love to play Monopoly. There's no better way to spend the evening than bankrupting your kids. ;)

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  4. I like monopoly.. its a game we grew up with and play all the time..

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  5. How fun! Brain training games are the best, it allows me to focus and concentrate like I do with nothing else nowadays.

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  6. I just got mine in the mail and am very excited to give it a try! I'm glad to see you like it!

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  7. I don't have much time for games, but if I did, I would like to try this one, it looks like fun!

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  8. Sounds like fun! I always liked brain games. We might have to try this.

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  9. I like brain games. This one sounds like a good one.

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  10. Sounds fun! My kids still love playing with blocks and legos. They love to build and stack their toys too.

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  11. These defintiely look like something my kids would like. Great way to feed the brain!

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  12. The shell game is an old classic. i actually play it on mobile when I have some down time to keep my brain going!

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  13. Hahah it's just like all those games at the baseball game! I love it! Will need to get one of these

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  14. What a cool game. Will have to check this out.

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  15. Those are cute and lovely shells? It looks like it is fun to play with that game board. This is a new stuff to me

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  16. Hubby and I play computer games, but we also play scrabble. It's very stimulating.

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  17. Sounds like an awesome game! I would love to get one for myself

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  18. A great new game! :) The whole fam will surely enjoy this game!

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  19. Brain games are fun for kids, especially when they have no idea they are learning.

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  20. I love brain exercises! You make me want to pull out a puzzle for the holidays. I love doing stuff like this this time of year.

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  21. I love games that make you think. I'm going to have to try this game over the Holidays with my adult children and grand kids.

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  22. This would be a fun game for the kids to play, they're really into puzzle mind games.

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  23. I love table games! And better yet- puzzle games! Going to have to add this one to my holiday shopping list!

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  24. This looks like a great way to stuff in my purse for fun on the go.

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  25. These look like great games to test your mind! Thanks for the tips, happy holiday shopping!

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  26. I so love games that make you think and make your mind go. This is awesome and would make a great gift. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. What a great game. We love these types in my house, I'm going to have to look into this. Thanks for sharing

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  28. My kids love these kinds of games. I need to pick this up, as a reward of something fun to do while others are doing schoolwork.

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  29. Thank you! Our kids are having fun and learning new things . This looks like so much fun for them.

    fun Activities for Kids

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  30. I haven't played a game in a long time. This one seems like much fun.

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  31. This sounds like a really fun game! I'm a SAHM too & this would definitely help fight the "mom brain syndrome" that I tend to get.

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  32. I totally love games like this. I'd get a huge kick out of playing it!

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  33. This kind of games/toys should be encouraged to be played by kids. Brain enhancing game it is! :)

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  34. This looks like a great game! My husband and I love games that make you think!

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts!