Escape room games are becoming more and more popular as entertainment options across India. Locked in a room, you and your family or group of friends must crack puzzles using logic and creative thinking as well as putting together clues to find a way out of the room within a prescribed time frame. Apart from being a fun attraction, escape rooms are also renowned for improving cognitive thinking in students and learners. Solving puzzles has always been known to help in boosting the mental functions of the human brain. Since escape rooms are physical puzzles, they offer similar, related psychological benefits. Keep reading to find out how escape rooms help to improve cognitive thinking in children.
Your child will develop better memory by taking part in escape rooms. A lot of escape rooms tax your short-term memory to identify, recognize and recollect clues, objects, and riddles. The adage ‘practice makes perfect’ fits best in this instance. Solving the challenges using this information facilitates and reinforces psychological connections that boost cognitive thinking processes as well as speed. Brains of all ages, especially young acquiescent minds, will benefit from solving the challenges and improve cognitive thinking.
Escape room games also boost creativity. A lot of the puzzles of escape rooms demand out of the box thinking to decode, consequently promoting creative thinking to arrive at the solution. Experimenting with several possible solutions also promotes the application of the scientific method, to develop a theory and test its validity. Thus, even inaccurate answers or failing to decode the puzzle could provide helpful cognitive thinking practice that can be applied to almost any field in the future to address varying problems.
Whole brain approach
Escape room puzzles usually require learners to analyze the challenge from both micro and macro levels concurrently. This promotes the use of the whole brain approach, which involves the application of several regions of the brain to solve the challenge. This forces the user to squeeze as much cognitive thinking ability out of his brain as possible.
Similar to any physical or mental challenge, successfully breaking out of the escape room gives you a feeling of joy and satisfaction. The chemical release of dopamine is associated with those good feelings.
Fine motor development
Fine motor skills are very important in everyday’s development. Learning these skills at an early stage will aid in the growth of cognitive thinking abilities throughout the stages of human development. Escape rooms demand to erase a word or trying out new pieces and writing in new ones thereby assisting a lot in developing cognitive thinking ability. As a matter of fact, children will try over and over again until they see what fits well.
Many people, especially students, have trouble setting goals for themselves. The good thing about escape rooms is that they have them such a structure in place. Participants can set proper objectives by focusing on smaller ones during the challenge. There’s a feeling of joy for each fulfilled goal or objective. This is a good tactic to instill in your child. If they set objectives in life and work hard towards them, they’ll be rewarded.
Note that the cognitive thinking benefits for any particular child depend on various factors, including the motivation to play the game and dedication. Moreover, taking part in escape rooms is more favorable than just completing one.