Thinking Skills Teacher-Led After School Computer Game Club This Month's Featured Site at After School Club Ideas Blog

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The Thinking Skills Club has online games for students in Grades 3-8 that develop memory, attention, and problem solving skills. The After School Ideas education blog has selected the Thinking Skills Club as its featured website.

Playing Dream Tower at the Thinking Skills Club

Playing Dream Tower at the Thinking Skills Club

If you're looking for something new and challenging for the children in your program, I recommend checking this club out.

The Thinking Skills Club, a website of computer games that develop memory, attention, and problem solving skills, has been selected as this month's featured website by Marie Claire, a child care manager who runs the blog, After School Club Ideas.

"What child wouldn’t love navigating a mutant marshmallow man around a a maze?" asks Claire of That Gravity Guy, a game in the Linear Problem Solving section of the Thinking Skills Club site. Each of the site's six sections has a variety of games on offer, of which a student must complete three or four in order to win a piece of a brain puzzle.

The other sections are Executive Function, which has games that involve making plans and revising them as well as self-control and risk taking; Memory, with games in which you have to remember orders in a restaurant or who's missing from a family photo; Attention, where you do target practice or keep a ping pong ball in the air; Processing Speed, where playing the piano becomes a game; and Social Skills, in which empathy and cooperation are engaged by guiding both a Water Boy and Fire Girl through a treacherous maze at the same time.

The club was started by Mitch Moldofsky, an elearning developer and cognitive science grad, who, while picking up his kids from grade school, noticed an array of computers sitting idle after hours in the library. Having seen research on the benefits of video games to certain brain functions, he wondered if he could find enough online games to cover a range of abilities. "I was amazed by how much research was going on in this field," he says of his search. "It was really eye opening."

The Thinking Skills Club is currently offering a discount to teachers who start a club in the Fall, a point Claire cites as a bargain. "If you're looking for something new and challenging for the children in your program," she writes on her blog, "I recommend checking this club out."

About The Thinking Skills Club:

The Thinking Skills Club is an after school activity that uses online games to enhance children’s cognition. It is a curated site comprised of a variety of brain-positive games sourced from recreational gaming websites based on published neuroscience research. To learn more about The Thinking Skills Club, please visit http://www.thinkingskillsclub.com/.

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