Creative Brain Games

Connect through Conversation

Connect through Conversation

Novelist E. M. Forster (1879 – 1970) wrote the words, “Only connect!” in the hope that readers would connect his prose with the passion in themselves. It is also my motto for all of the activity exercises I have created. I hope they will serve as a prop to open up...

Don’t Give Me Your Lip

Don’t Give Me Your Lip

A lipogram is a word game that consists of writing new material or rewriting existing material by leaving out certain letters of the alphabet. (Lipogram comes from a Greek word meaning “missing letter.”) One of the most famous practitioners was A. Ross Eckler, who...

Scrutinizing the Lineup

Scrutinizing the Lineup

Continuing our recommendations for games to play with family and friends for Games and Puzzle Month and beyond, Lineup is a favorite in my household. Cutely subtitled by MindWare as “the memory game of quick looks and tricky crooks,” it’s really one that requires...

Creative Apples

Creative Apples

November is Games and Puzzles Month, dedicated to preserving the tradition of investing time with family and friends. In the U.S. it’s also a reminder to be thankful for all those relationships. One game that fosters good family/friend fun is Apples to Apples from Out...

Two Round Games – Spot It! and Hue Knew?

Two Round Games – Spot It! and Hue Knew?

Hue Knew? is a variation of the Stroop Effect Chart that features the names of colors – pink, purple, red, green, and so on – with each color name written in a color that doesn’t match. The word “orange” might be written in purple, for example. On the chart, your task...

Who Would Win?

Who Would Win?

In a figure-skating contest who would win – Dr. Seuss or George Washington? In a stand-up comedy competition, who would win – Tarzan or Napoleon? The Who Would Win? game I received in the mail was sealed, but without instructions either inside or out of its box. Which...

Endless pairs

Endless pairs

Such and Such from Patch Products is essentially a game about pairs. As a timed competition, the idea is to read all five clues on your card and get your team to fill in the blank for each one before the minute timer tube runs out. In many groups, it’s fun to play by...

Gabbing about Gobblet

Gabbing about Gobblet

One of my favorite strategic thinking games is Gobblet. Gobblet is Tic-Tac-Toe on steroids. First, the new object is to get 4 of your cylinders in a row instead of just 3. Second, it has been made multi-dimensional. Each player is given 12 pieces, 3 each of 4...

Upping the Scrabble ante

Upping the Scrabble ante

Many years ago as a young mother, I was big into cooperative games. The other members of my competitive family were not. They played Scrabble® ruthlessly, entirely focused on points, while I was interested in filling the whole board, increasing my vocabulary, and...

Jump Starting Your Imagination

Jump Starting Your Imagination

People have a tendency to think they need to solve puzzles created by others – crosswords, Sudoku – to keep their brains active, but using your imagination is even better. The goal in brain building is to create new dendrites – new connections – in your brain, and...

Praise for Wait Lifters, formerly Wiser Now Wednesday

Kathy Laurenhue’s Wiser Now Wednesday is the only email I eagerly open each week and I’m on a lot of email lists. It always makes me laugh and think by providing me with thoughtful material that I didn’t even know I needed until I read it. I marvel at how chock full of information it is. Plus, the fun games to play keep my brain working and as a neuro artist, I’m all about brains!
~ neuro artist Laura Bundesen

Kathy’s Wiser Now Wednesday is chock full of interesting information and programming possibilities, all around a single topic. I am always amazed how many different things—from quotes to quizzes to trivia to art—she can pull together. And it is presented in her signature lighthearted and “punny” style that is always fun to read. I suggest everyone sign up for the newsletter. It will make your Wednesdays.
~ Nancy Ewald, owner/founder of Activity Connection

I love the wisdom and fun you provide. Even my grandkids enjoy the riddles, quizzes, and puns.
~ Cheryl Fell, Nurse FUNshine

Getting through midweek is sometimes a challenge. It is why I look forward to my Wiser Now Wednesday email. It always has something to help me realize how wonderful the world is and why I need to be grateful for it.
~ Allen Klein, author of The AWE Factor, Embracing Life After Loss, and The Healing Power of Humor

You rock!  Always love your newsletter.  I just ordered you book.  You are an inspiration.  Thanks for making my life better today.
~ Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom

If you appreciate creativity, laughter and imaginative learning— Wiser Now Wednesday is a MUST READ.   It will engage your curiosity, tickle your funny bone and bring delightful joy to your day. I continue to share it with countless friends, and you will want to do so, too.
~ Mary Kay Morrison, author of Legacy of Laughter, founder of the AATH Humor Academy

Thank you for your constancy of ideas, compassion, and encouragement. WNW is always uplifting, practical, and inspiring.
~ Steve Wilson, Creator of the World Laughter Tour, Inc.