Educational Value

Zoki games enhance left and right brain thinking

The brain is a complex piece of equipment and understanding how it works is a laborious and slow process. The identification of two types of thinking, analytical and creative, has led some researchers to suggest that different parts of the brain are involved. Such claims are still speculative and controversial but at present creative, or lateral thinking is deemed to be a right brain activity and analytical thinking a left brain activity.

At present the characteristics attributed to the halves of the brain look like this:

Left brain thinking processes Right brain thinking processes
Logical Holistic
Analytical Intuitive
Quantitative Synthesizing
Fact-based Integrating
Planned Emotional
Organize Interpersonal
Detailed Feeling-based
Sequential Kinesthetic

Most people have developed a left or right brain dominance, or preference, which means one is more “comfortable” with one sort of thinking than the other. For example, research has shown that lawyers, engineers, bankers and bureaucrats tend to be predominantly left brained, whereas writers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs tend to be predominantly right brained.

Games like Zetris, Zumika, Diablo Loco and the Zoki puzzles all emphasize recognizing color and patterns, while the favorites like Domi­nator, YuGo, ADD-iction and Zoker are games of skill and logic. With dozens of diffe­rent games currently playable with the Zoki deck, you will find so many opportunities to exercise both left and right brain thin­king on any challenge level from simple to the highest of complexity.

Zoki is active and visual learning

ZOKI IS ACTIVE LEARNING. Active learning facilitates your memory by helping you attend to and process information. Even if you attend every lecture and read every assignment, there is no guarantee that you will learn and remember the information. Although you may passively absorb some material, to ensure that you remember important information requires being active and involved, that is attending to and thinking about what you are learning.

Without even realizing it, when playing Zoki games, we become completely focused on searching for the best solution so that we can win the match. And this focus is the ACTIVE LEARNING needed to help exercise and retain the left brain skills needed to succeed in Zoki. The best part is we get to exercise our left brain while having fun!

VISUAL MEMORY. Some pe­ople remember information best when it is encoded visually. But even if you do not consider yourself specifically “a visual learner,” you may find that including visual memory can still help. After all, it is one more way of encoding and storing information.

There are many ways of visu­ally encoding and retrieving infor­mation. Playing a Zoki game is very good practice for associating concepts with visual images. Playing Zoki games helps turn many mathematical concepts into mental images on the blackboard of your mind.

Exercising your visual memory can be a simple task when solving a Zoki 9 puzzle or an advanced task when solving a Zoki 16 puzzle. While all the Zoki games allow you to practice (repeat) the left brain tasks, but also to see visually the concepts of the play (developing a visual memory that you may be able to retrieve later). Playing Zoki games helps you take an active role with the learning material while having fun.

GAMES

Zoki are games for everybody, games to suit our every mood. Thinking games, games of chance, games of skill, word games, memory games, matching games, group games, and solitary games…and each has its own merits. Zoki games help to impart the skills of co-operation, competition, strategy, and sportsmanship. They are useful as a pleasurable activity to exercise matching colors and shapes, counting spaces, memory, reasoning and planning ahead, as well as attention to detail. They also help a child understand that rules are necessary and helpful. Many games encourage group play and provide experience in winning and losing.

PUZZLES

Zoki puzzles should challenge a child without frustrating him; so watch that the number of pieces and complexity of design are appropriate to his growing ability. Graphics for young children should be clear and bright. Pieces should fit and hold together well, come apart easily and be sturdy enough to withstand repeated use. Many skills are exercised by puzzles such as concentration, manual dexterity and the perception of shape, color, size and form. Zoki puzzles are, therefore, an excellent preparation for learning.

EDUCATIONAL GAMES

Let’s begin with a simple statement: all Zoki games are educational. Children develop skills, values, attitudes, tolerance, and understanding through play. Zoki GAMES are simply the equipment used by children in the process. All games act as catalysts for learning. Some are more ideally suited for use in the discovery process of early learning or for mastering and reinforcing basic skills and concepts. However, one thing is certain: Zoki will have no opportunity to be educational, if it is not also fun.
Let’s remember a few things: children need a balance between the challenge of mastering new skills and the reassurance of being able to perform tasks easily; some tasks are simply beyond them at certain stages and a too-demanding toy can only cause frustration and feelings of inadequacy; Zoki can educate, but only with the support, encouragement, and occasional direction of an adult companion.

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