Planning and Managing Games
"And the Lord told Noah to build an ark." - The Bible
Planning and managing are frontal lobe activities that depend on a good understanding of time as well as cause and effect. They involve analyzing, reflecting, predicting and developing strategies to achieve a goal. Exercises that force children to think about what they're doing or evaluate and modify results, or role play with rules have been found to enhance these characteristics.
Snow Line, Magic Pen, Thin Ice,
Bad Ice Cream, Electric Box
- Sketch Star is a great planning game for kids who like to draw. They get to do animation online, controlling characters and backgrounds to tell a story which they can share with friends. It's at Miniclip.com. It's free until you want to use extra backgrounds, etc.
- Chess is also an excellent way to develop executive function skills such as planning. Kids can start playing chess very young, they don't need to wait till they're older. Some eye opening research on this is provided on the Chess Institute of Canada website under About Chess-Chess in Education. Also see The Neuroscientific Basis of Chess, which shows thatÂ brain activity during chess depends on how expert you are. Novices use areas for learning while experienced players use more recall, planning and predicting. These skills are therefore strengthened through continued play.
- Interventions Shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4 to 12 Years Old (Diamond, A. & Lee, K., 2011)