Trick Your Brain

I’ve gotten really interested in how kids’ brains work and develop, which is why I’m always on the hunt for fun exercises that young people can do to train your gray matter to do what you want it to.

This game is called Nimmity Bibbles. (At least that’s what I think it’s called. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.) It’s a more fun version of Simon Says only in this game, you substitute the word “order” for “Simon Says.”

Nimmity Bibbles exercises a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is still developing in a person your age. Why should you care about giving the prefrontal cortex a workout? Because it’s the same part of the brain that helps you focus, whether it’s on homework or learning an instrument or practicing a sport.

Sincere thanks to Baxter, staffer extraordinaire at Camp du Nord, for letting us video him doing Nimmity Bibbles. The sound isn’t great, but you can still hear him and try the game yourself. (BTW: The very loud laugh you hear midway through this video is my husband, which tells me that he had the microphone pointed in the wrong direction when he was working the video.)