Brain Games

Half the challenge is coming up with good questions for these games. The construction of the questions can actually be part of the games. Perhaps have teams of students create questions and then challenge other teams to come up with the right answers.

Many of the games listed below have separate pages...just click on the small picture of the game to open up a new page to play.

----------------------------------------------------------

Colors, Colors?

For Grades K-12

How do words influence what we see (or say we see)?

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Brain Jigsaw Puzzles

Grades K-12

Scramble these puzzles and see if you can put them back together...all ON-LINE!

----------------------------------------------------------

Neuro-Jeopardy

Grades 5-12

Welcome to NEURO-JEOPARDY!

Neuro-Jeopardy is a game to test your knowledge about the nervous system. The game is contained in a Powerpoint file. Therefore, your computer must have the ability to read ppt files.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Hieroglyphics

Grades K-12

Your job here is to "read" pictures to make a single word or phrase. Each word or phrase has something to do with the nervous system.

For example:

This one is read as: brain.

Here are some more Brain Hieroglyphics

----------------------------------------------------------

Sam's Brainy Adventure

Grades K-6

An on-line comic book describing Sam's incredible journey into his own brain.

READ IT NOW!

----------------------------------------------------------

Shockwave/Flash Games

Interactive games to help you learn about the brain and nervous system. You must have the Shockwave plug-in for your browser to play these games.

[Get the Shockwave/Flash plug-in]

PLAY the Games

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Alphabet

Grades K-12
Spell your name with "brainy" letters using the Brain Alphabet.

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Response Time Experiment - 1

Grades K-12

How fast are you? Test your response time using this reaction time experiment.

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Response Time Experiment - 2

Grades K-12

How about another experiment to test your reactions? Test them using this hit-the-dot test.

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Response Time Experiment - 3

Grades K-12

How about one more experiment to test your reaction time? This time test your reaction time to different colors. Test them using this colorful reaction time tester.

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Response Time Experiment - 4

Grades K-12

See how many boxes you can check in 20 seconds with this Check Box Game.

----------------------------------------------------------

Neuroscience Coloring Books

Grades K-12

Now there are THREE ways to color:

  1. Print out single pages and color by hand.
  2. Print out a 10 page coloring book (PDF format) and color by hand.
  3. Color ON-LINE!

----------------------------------------------------------

Brains and Neurons Board Game

Grades K-6

If you have played the game called "Shoots and Ladders," then you know how to play "Brains and Neurons."

[Get Game Board]

How to play:

  1. The first player rolls a die (or use two dice for a faster game) and moves his or her marker to the space shown on the die.
  2. If a player's marker lands on the cell body of a neuron, the player can move forward to the space at the end of the neuron. If a player's marker lands on a brain, the player must move down to the space at the end of the spinal column.
  3. The first player to space #100 is the winner.

Materials:

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain It!

Grades K-6

"Brain It!" is a card game similar to "Go Fish."

How to play:

  1. Print out ONE copy of these Brain Cards or two copies of these Brain Cards. The first set of cards is a traditional set of 52 playing cards with pictures of different brains. The second set has 24 pictures of different brains. If you use the second set of cards and print out two copies, you will have 48 cards.

  2. Cut out each picture along the lines to make small cards.

  3. Brain It! is best played with 2 to 5 players. Mix up the brain cards. Give each player five brain cards. The remaining cards should go into a pile. The object of the game is to make matches of the same brain, for example, elephant brains. Players take turns asking other players for brain cards to complete their matches. The player who asks for a card must already have at least one card of the type requested. If the player who was asked has a brain card of the type requested, he or she must give this card or cards to the player who asked. The player that gets a card or cards can ask again.

  4. If a player does not have the card requested, then the player who asked for the card must "Brain It!" and take a card from the pile. If the card drawn from the pile is the same as the card the player asked for, then that player gets another turn. If the card is different from the one asked for, then it is the next person's turn.

    When a player collects matches of the same brain, these cards are placed face up in front of the player. The game is over when all of the cards are drawn. If a player runs out of cards, then one can be taken from the pile. The player with the most matches is the winner.

Materials:

You can also play Brain It! with this set of 52 Neuroscience Playing Cards.

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Short Term Memory Game

Grades K-12

Think you have a good memory? Then take this little Short Term Memory Test

----------------------------------------------------------

Face Recognition Game

Grades 3-12

How easy is it to recognize faces when they are upside down? Find out with this face recognition game.

----------------------------------------------------------

Take the Hidden Brain Challenge

Grades K-12

Did you ever play "Where's Waldo?" Well, here is your chance to play "Where's the Brain?" on-line!

To play this game you will need the Quicktime 4 Plug-in for your browser. Also, the file containing this game is large (800 KB) so if you have a slow Internet connection, it may take up to 5 minutes to download.

FIND the Hidden Brains

----------------------------------------------------------

Neuroscience Hangman Game

For grades 6-12

The classic game of "Hangman," this time with neuroscience words. Neurotransmitters, part of the brain, the neuron, neurological disorders...they are all here.

TRY IT!

----------------------------------------------------------

Crossword Puzzles

Printable Puzzles
The Nervous SystemVisionDrug Abuse
On-line Puzzles
The Nervous SystemNeuroscience Terminology

----------------------------------------------------------

Word Search Games

For Grades 3-12

Find the hidden words.

Make sure your browser is "java-enabled."

On-line Versions Printable Worksheets
  1. Action Potential
  2. Autonomic Nervous System
  3. Cranial Nerves
  4. Directions/Planes
  5. Drugs of Abuse
  6. Language
  7. Neuroanatomy
  8. Neurological and Mental Disorders
  9. Neurotoxins
  10. Neurotransmitters
  11. The Eye
  12. The Ear
  13. The Neuron
  14. Touch
  15. Blood Brain Barrier
  16. The Cell
  17. Divisions of the NS
  18. Lobes of the Brain
  19. Brain Coverings
  1. Pain
  2. Taste
  3. Sleep
  4. Smell
  5. Spinal Cord
  6. Synapse
  7. Cerebral Cortex
  8. Movement
  9. Memory
  10. Neuroscientists - pre 1800
  11. Neuroscientists - 1800-1899
  12. Neuroscientists - 1900-1950
  13. Neuroscientists - 1950-present
  14. Neuroscience In Film
  15. Ventricles
  16. Brain Fitness
  17. Nutrition and the Brain
  18. Brain Imaging
  19. Neuroscience Careers
  1. Blood Brain Barrier
  2. Cerebral Cortex
  3. Cranial Nerve
  4. Language
  5. Neural Words
  6. Sensory Words
  7. The Neuron
  8. Neuroanatomy
  9. Neurotransmitters
  10. Sleep
  11. Drugs

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Facts that make you go, "Hmmmmm".

For Grades 6-12

Pass the box around and read a fact. These facts just might make you say, "Hmmmmmm".

----------------------------------------------------------

Eye Match

So, you think you know something about reflexes? Try this game.

Click on the eye that most likely belongs to a person outside on a sunny day. Hint: look at the size of the pupil

----------------------------------------------------------

Neuroscience Treasure Hunt

Search the web for answers to questions about the brain and nervous system -- win the GOLDEN NEURON AWARD!!

----------------------------------------------------------

The "Sea of Neurons"

For Grades K-6

Find the unipolar cell in this "Sea of Multipolar Neurons" using this puzzle.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Bingo Game

For Grades 3-8

Play the classic "3 in a row" game with neuroscience words.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Trip

For Grades K-6

Flip a coin and move from brain to brain in this board game.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Board Game

For Grades K-8

It may not be the game of "Monopoly" or "Candyland", but this brain board game may be a fun way to learn the names of parts of the brain and parts of a neuron.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Tic Tac Toe

For Grades 5-9

Guess what the pictures in the 3 rows, 3 columns and 2 diagonals have in common in this puzzle.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Concentration Game

For Grades K-6

Test your memory using this classic card game. Cut out the pieces and play CONCENTRATION

----------------------------------------------------------

On-line Concentration Games

For Grades K-12

Test your memory with this on-line concentration game by locating the matching brains of different animals. The game requires that your browser is "JAVA-enabled."

PLAY BRAIN CONCENTRATION

Test your memory with this on-line concentration game by locating the pictures of different sense organs (ear, eye, nose, skin, tongue). The game requires that your browser is "JAVA-enabled."

PLAY SENSORY CONCENTRATION

----------------------------------------------------------

The Memory Game

For Grades 3-12

See how good your memory is...I will present you with a set of 20 pictures for 30 seconds. The pictures will disappear automatically after 30 seconds. Then write down the names of all the objects you can remember.

Start the Test....

For ways to improve your memory, look at the Memory Page

----------------------------------------------------------

Same/Different Puzzle

For Grades K-3

This puzzle challenges you to find the 2 neurons that look exactly the same.

----------------------------------------------------------

Make Sense!

For Grades K-6

Can you make sense of this puzzle? Draw lines to match pictures and words.

----------------------------------------------------------

Lost Connections

For Grades K-3

Help these Lost Neurons find their connections.

----------------------------------------------------------

Brain Bowl

For Grades 7-12

To play: Questions are prepared either by the students or the teacher. The teacher then asks a question to the class as a whole or to teams of players. Each correct answer is scored as 1 point. Player or team with the most points is the winner.

Here is a list of potential categories and questions to get you started:

------------------------------------------------------

Brain Match

For grades 7-12

To play: Structures, terms or words related to the nervous system that can be grouped together by a "common thread" are created by students or the teacher. The goal of the game is to determine what that common thread is. For example, what do olfactory, optic, trigeminal, hypoglossal, oculomotor, vagus and glossopharyngeal all have in common? (Answer: They are all CRANIAL NERVES). Each word of the list is read slowly, one by one. If a player or team thinks they know the answer, they can call it out. The player or team with the first correct answer, gets one point. Player or team with the most points wins.

Below you will find a list of "lists" to get you started without the answers and here is the list with the answers:
What do these things have in common?

  1. cytoplasm, mitochondria, neurofilaments, vesicles
  2. parietal, temporal, frontal, occipital
  3. medial geniculate nucleus, tympanic membrane, hair cells, stapes, cochlea, cranial nerve VIII
  4. cones, rods, lateral geniculate nucleus, retina, iris, pupil
  5. dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, GABA, glutamate, acetylcholine
  6. hippocampus, fornix, amygdala, mammillary body, septum
  7. Pacinian corpuscle, Meissner's corpuscle, Merkel's disk, free nerve endings
  8. axon, dendrite, soma, terminal ending
  9. Golgi, Cajal, Eccles, Sherrington, Hubel
  10. Cuneate nucleus, gracile nucleus, medial lemniscus, dorsal columns
  11. Basilar, vertebral, carotid, anterior cerebral
  12. touch, warmth, pain, cold, limb position
  13. sweet, salty, bitter, sour
  14. bipolar cells, ganglion cells, horizontal cells, amacrine cells
  15. corpus callosum, fornix, medial lemniscus, anterior commissure
  16. oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, microglia
.....and the list can go on and on.

------------------------------------------------------

Name That Nerve!

For Grades 9-12

Best played with the 12 cranial nerves, "Name That Nerve!" is a variation of the game show "Name That Tune". Gather a list of clues about a particular nerve. Arrange the clues from hardest to easiest. Teams try to "bargain" with each other for the number of clues that they will get. For example, one team (or individual) will say, "I can guess that nerve in 5 clues". If the other team or individual thinks they can guess the nerve in less clues they say "I can guess that nerve in 4 clues". It goes on, until one team does not want to venture a guess with so few clues. Give the number of clues bargained for to the team that will guess. Give the hardest clues first. If they guess correctly, then they get 100 points. If they guess incorrectly the other team gets the points (or you can add a clue for them to make a guess). The biggest challenge is making the questions...Here is one to get you started:

Clues: a special sensory afferent nerve, has a chiasm, connected to the retina, the second cranial nerve, used in vision. (Answer: Optic Nerve)

------------------------------------------------------

Brain Boggle

For Grades 3-12

Unscramble the following letters to get a word about the nervous system:

  1. raibn
  2. nnoeur
  3. venre
  4. omas
  5. yee
  6. plsee
  7. nxoa
  8. trocex
  9. inleym
  10. fexler

Here are the answers.

If you like these "scrambled word" puzzles, there are more on the worksheet page.

------------------------------------------------------

Coded Message

Grades K-6

Use the code to find out about cells in the brain.

Here is a harder code to break. Use this code to read this brain quote.

------------------------------------------------------

Twisted Message

Grades K-3

Follow the lines to find out about how messages travel in the nervous system.

------------------------------------------------------

Brain Words

Grades K-12

How many words can you make using the letters from the word "BRAIN"? To get you started, how about the word "rain"?

I found these 15 words. Can you make more?

------------------------------------------------------

Say Brain!

Grades 3-12

Learn how to say "Brain" in different languages.

------------------------------------------------------

Brain Jokes

Ok, ok...so they are not too funny, but try them anyway.

------------------------------------------------------

Don't forget the page on The Senses for more activities.

[Back to Top]
BACK TO: Exploring the Nervous System Experiments and Activities Table of Contents

[email]
Send E-mail

Fill out survey

Get Newsletter

Search Pages

Take Notes

Donate to
Neuroscience for Kids