December 02, 2015
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.
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.
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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