When it comes to keeping your brain sharp, you need to exercise it daily. Yes, just like a muscle, your brain needs to work and be engaged often.
Whether you like funny brain teasers, science or math brain teasers, or just good old mix, these following mind teasers will keep you sharp and provide a little entertainment as well.
Brain Teasers for Adults
We’re all children at heart and kids love riddles and jokes. Some of these good brain teasers are kiddie teasers, some of them area really hard brain teasers.
Why as an adult should you learn these? Well, research shows that we stop developing our brains about the age of 25. For girls, it’s a little bit before, for guys, it’s a little bit after. It’s just that girls mature faster than boys.
After that, if we don’t use our brains, if we don’t engage our minds, we lose the ability to learn and think clearly. The pathways to learning start to break down, which means you forget things. If they are reestablished, you permanently forget them.
As we age, it gets harder and harder to create new mental pathways. It’s the reason kids find it so easy to learn a new language, but adults find it so hard. It takes more work to make short term memories into long term memories.
Doing brain teasers and learning new subjects, like a new language, is an important part of keeping your brain healthy. The more connections you form, the better your brain will be.
Brain Exercises for Seniors
For seniors, brain teasers are especially important. With nearly half of all seniors expected to have some form of dementia, keeping your brain sharp may be the difference.
Studies show that the more active a person is, the easier they find being able to age with all their memories intact. Similar studies and observations show that the more books and puzzles a person does, and the less TV they watch, the long they live and the longer they retain all their memories and ability to think clearly.
Without Further Ado: The Brain Teaser Questions!
Brain Teaser #1 - The Rain Man
A man was walking in the rain. He was in the middle of nowhere. He had nothing and nowhere to hide. He came home all wet, but not a single hair on his head was wet. Why is that?
The man was bald.
Brain Teaser #2 - The Perfect Kingdom
Once upon a time there was a king. He wanted to build a new kingdom with 10 beautiful castles. He asked his architect to plan the kingdom so all the castles will be connected by 5 straight walls. Each wall must connect 4 castles together. At least one castle must be protected by castle walls.
His architect suggested the following solution:
King was not happy with the solution since none of his castles were then protected by a wall. Can you suggest a better solution?
The Perfect Answer
2 King's Castles are protected this way
Brain Teaser #3 - 3 Matches for 3 Squares
Create 3 equal squares by moving exactly 3 matches.
Brain Teaser #4 - Escaping from the Field
You are standing in the middle of a rectangle field that is surrounded by a canal. The width of the canal is the same everywhere. You get two wooden beams. The length of each of the beams is the same as the width of the canal. How you can can get out of the field?
Brain Teaser #5 - Classroom Math 1
14 of the kids in the class are girls. 8 of the kids wear blue shirts. 2 of the kids are neither girls or wear a blue shirt. If 5 of the kids are girls who wear blue shirts how many kids are in the class?
Brain Teaser #6 - Classroom Math 2
The numbers on our fortune wheel must be placed in a way that the sum of any two numbers that come next to each other is equal to the sum of numbers that are on the opposite side of the wheel.
Right now that is only true for the numbers: 1, 10 -- 5,6
Right now the rule does not apply for any of the other numbers.
Can you fix the fortune wheel?
Brain Teaser #7 - Connect the Dots
Connect the following 16 dots using just 6 straight lines.
There is at least one more solution for this brain teaser. Please share yours on the comment section below.
Brain Teaser #8 - Ax & Horseshoe
Break the horseshoe into 6 pieces with only two ax strikes. You can not move the pieces after the strikes.
Brain Teaser #9 - Without Lifting a Pen
Draw the following shape without lifting a pen and without drawing over other lines:
Brain Teaser #10 - Fun Math
Add mathematical signs ( +, - ,),( *,/ ) in between all or some of the above digits so the result of the created mathematical equation will be 100.
Brain Teaser #11 - Bridge of Knifes
You get 3 glasses and 3 knifes. The distance between the glasses is equal to the length of the knifes. All the knifes are the same length. You need to build a bridge between the glasses using only those 3 knifes. How it can be done?
Brain Teaser #12 - Barrel of Water
It seems that a barrel is half full with water. How you can find out exactly whether the amount of water in the barrel takes less, more or equal than a half of barrel's volume.
You need to tilt the barrels so the water will touch the upper end of the barrel. If you can see the bottom part of the barrel when that happens, then the barrel is less than half full. If not , then the barrel is more than half full.
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