As a mum to a 9-year-old, it can feel like a constant battle to reduce screen time and engage in more healthy brain activities. Thankfully, Amber loves reading, but something which we have been doing more of is specific activities focused around improving cognitive health and general brain teasers.
The Tricky Riddles Book For Smart Kids is the latest book by DaddiLife and is aimed at kids aged 7+ and families to enjoy together. Daddilife is a lifestyle and parenting website aimed at dads and includes everything from recipes to dad jokes and wellness. They have also self-published a range of books, the latest of which I will now tell you about.
It is packed with 320 tricky riddles and brain-teasing questions, and is a great way to spend quality time together with the kids after dinner or on a rainy day. Amber and I decided to work through the riddles on our weekly games night and made it even more fun by setting a timer in which to answer our riddles,
Chapter One talks about the advantages of riddling and its history, and Chapter Two talks about the importance of creating thinking skills. The riddles are then split into different levels, ranging from easy to genius, but to be honest, they all really tested my thinking skills- even the easy level, much to my daughters’ amusement. I’m not going to lie, my cognitive skills aren’t what they used to be (I’ll blame baby brain) and I find most brain puzzles boring, so this was a lovely fun alternative, and a psychologist friend of mine is always highlighting the benefits of riddles for kids and adults.
The book has a simple design with lovely black and white illustrations which don’t distract from the riddles. One of my favourite riddles was, “I make a loud sound when I’m changing. When I do change, I get bigger but weigh less. What am I?”
The Tricky Riddles Book For Smart Kids is not only educational but also very funny!
At the end of the book there is the opportunity to get a riddle master’s certificate and a special bonus book of riddles.
This would make a great Christmas gift and would be a good alternative to Charades on Christmas evening.