Carol Dweck’s famous research on growth mindsets has revolutionised the way we praise children. By teaching children about growth mindsets, they learn the powerful idea that taking on challenges can grow and strengthen their brains, and that they have the power to make their brains stronger every day. Here are two apps that help children do just that…
Brain Jump by Kizoom
Brain Jump is a brain training app for kids that we recently discovered. It is essentially a “brain training” app for kids that features three games:
1. Think Tank – remember which port holes the neurons appear in…
2. Neurons in Space – remember the sequence that the rocket fire appears…
3. Wizard Match – remember the numbers in sequence…
The brain games in themselves are nothing we have never seen before. In fact, you’ll probably find lots of programs and apps that offer brain training games that are similar to these. That said, it is the presentation of the game that can make or break the attraction to it. It doesn’t matter how many brain games you have if your kids aren’t interested to play with them. While the games offered in Brain Jump are familiar to the boys, it is the design of the app that really grabs them. Since I downloaded Brain Jump, both boys have been all over this app. To me, that is what defines a winning app.
But that’s not all…
What is really unique about this app is that it also teaches children about their brains – in particular, how challenges make our brains stronger.
The concept taught is similar to Mindset, and the information about the brain is not like a summary of the Brainology Course. This is a message I have been trying in vain to impress upon Aristotle. Now, perhaps, he will internalise it.
Ned is an important part of your brain. He sends messages so that you can move your body, think, feel and sense the work around you. Can you wiggle your toes? Can you stick out your tongue? Ned the Neuron helped you do that! Just like you and me, Ned can grow and get stronger… but we have to help him.
Ned the Neuron by Kizoom
If you like Brain Jump and would like to see more about the brain and its inner workings, you should also look at Ned the Neuron which is an interactive storybook that teaches children over 35 concepts about the brain. It also comes with three mini-games to explore the science of the brain.
Brains love to learn new things and to be challenged. Learn about the amazing inner working of your brain and meet Ned the Neuron in our interactive storybook App for the iPad.
Ned the Neuron is a cartwheel-loving, action-oriented young brain cell training to work in the motor cortex of the brain. He and his friends Stella, G, and Bernard must solve a mystery about the nervous system to save the day!
Kizoom will be creating more products to help children grow their brains while having lots of fun so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, enjoy these (we are!):
- Brain Jump is available for free – I don’t know how long this will last so don’t miss it.
- Ned the Neuron is available for $2.99.
Kizoom‘s mission is to empower children to grow their brains by making learning about the brain fun.
We make fun apps for kids that help them recognize and realize the power of their own brains.
Despite its importance, few of us receive an owners manual of the brain, telling us how why it is important and how we can make it stronger every day. Some may think that teaching kids about the brain is unnecessary. But research has shown that kids that understand the malleable nature of their brains are more empowered learners. They do better in school and later in life.
But most kids are NOT learning about the brain. We want to change this. Drawing from our creative and scientific roots, we have developed a world of brain cell characters, stories and games that help kids KNOW AND GROW THEIR BRAINS.