2015 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Games to Boost Your Child's IQ

December 02, 2015 0 Comments

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence is an intelligence test for children between the ages of two and a half years to seven years. If your child takes this test, you’ll learn whether you child is intellectually more advanced than most other kids his/her age. It was developed by David Wechsler in 1967 and the most current version of the test is known WPPSI™-IV.

A WPPSI-IV test consists of 15 subtests, each carefully designed to test the child’s verbal, cognitive and overall intellectual capabilities. It consists of solving a combination of diagram or picture-based, reasoning and coding problems.

If the child scores below 70, he or she is considered to have a low IQ. A score between 90-109 is considered average and above 130 is considered to be superior.

How to Prepare for the WPPSI™-IV Test

Essentially, the WPPSI-IV consists of short games for pre-readers. A complex scoring technique assesses the child’s overall mental skills and abilities.

One way to prepare your child for the WPPSI test, in addition to using test-specific study materials, is to expose him/her to a variety of challenging mind games and puzzles to get the brain working. The WPPSI-IV test aims to assess how children think and solve problems on their own. It encourages children to utilize their own reasoning abilities to make informed decisions.

The WPPSI-IV has different subtests depending on the age of the child. However, it is mainly divided into five different areas – verbal comprehension, visual spatial, fluid reasoning, working memory and processing speed.

Fun Games to Boost IQ

Play these games with your child to build the skills needed to ace the WPPSI-IV test. IQ-boosting games come in the form of books, puzzles, blocks and more. Some of them are –


Q-Bitz Solo by Mindware – This game is similar to the WPPSI and WISC block design subtest. It challenges visual agility, memory, pattern identifications and hand eye coordination.

Imaginets by Mindware – This tangram-like game tests fine motor and visual spatial abilities.

Pixy Cubes by Blue Orange – Block design game that develops visual spatial and working memory skills.

Learning Resources Pattern Block Design Cards – Teaches spatial reasoning, spatial-visualization, symmetry, slides, turns and problem solving.

Brain Quest – Develops verbal comprehension skills. Useful for WPPSI-IV information and comprehension subtests.

Mindware Analogies – A workbook that builds verbal and logic skills.

Lollipop Logic – A workbook that develops fluid reasoning and other critical thinking skills, e.g. relationships, analogies, sequences, deduction, inference, pattern decoding, and critical analysis. Helpful for success on the WPPSI-IV matrix reasoning and picture concepts subtests.

Spot it Jr. Animals by Blue Orange – A card game that develops processing speed, attention, visual perception, speech-language, and fine motor skills.

Set Junior – A card game that builds visual spatial and processing speed skills.

Recall by LMD – A memory improvement board game designed to measure and improve your ability to recall information.

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