Keeping our brains active is incredibly important; and solving riddles is a great way to do this.
It improves memory and processing speeds, which has a positive impact on mental health, and is a great way for students to improve their exam scores while having fun.
It prevents the build up of sticky amyloid plaque in people who have the Alzheimer’s gene variant; while new research has revealed that it doesn’t prevent Alzheimer’s for everyone, as previously suggested, people with this gene variant will find it incredibly helpful.
And finally: it provides a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and gives us problem solving skills that we can use in our day to day lives. If we feel able to tackle difficult problems, our anxiety goes down and our resilience goes up.
So, here’s a few to try with your friends and family:
A magician claims he can turn water into wine – but he can only do it if the water is frozen. He pulls out a full ice cube tray, gets an audience member to taste a cube and they agree that it’s frozen water in the tray. He pulls out another cube, allows it to melt in a glass, and gets an audience member to taste it – lo and behold, it’s white wine. How do you think he did it?
Barbie lives in a one storey house with a pink front door. She has pink walls, pink chairs, and a pink bedspread. Her coffee mugs are pink and her window panes are pink. What colour are her stairs?
A basket contains 5 apples. Do you know how to divide them among 5 kids so that each one has an apple and one apple stays in the basket?
A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn’t break the law. How come?