We were in Borders on the weekend and I noticed that Brain Quest books were 20% off. Although I’d seen Brain Quest around before, I never really seriously considered it because we already had so many activity books. But what I liked about Brain Quest was the subject matter that it covered. They had a range of subjects with specific activities for each age group. For instance, the Kindergarten book contains ABCs, Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary, 123s, Shapes and Colours, Patterns, Sorting and Matching, Time and Money, Community, Science, and Fun and Games.
The Grade 1 book contains: Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Sequencing and Sorting, Math Skills, Addition and Subtraction, Shapes and Measurements, Time and Money, Social Studies, and Science.
They also have Brain Quest card games starting with My First Brain Quest for 2-3 year olds and going all the way up to Brain Quest Grade 7. Here are some sample questions that they have in Brain Quest Grade 7:
- Which has the most gravity: a supernova, a white dwarf, or a black hole?
- What prefix turns the word “town” into a word meaning “center of town”?
- If grapes cost $1.70 a pound, what will one and a half pounds of grapes cost?
I like the card games, because they are portable and easy to carry around. They make a great activity to keep the kids occupied while you’re out and about waiting for food to arrive at the restaurant or taking a long car ride somewhere. I also like that they are back to basics – no batteries, no screens, just plain and simple cards.
The card sets are going for RM41.95 at Borders (there should be a 20% discount because I saw a sign saying Brain Quest 20% off although I don’t know how long this promotion is running for). The workbooks are also around there – RM47, if I recall correctly. I didn’t see any of the other products so I don’t know if they are available locally or only through Amazon.
Brain Quest philosophy is about making learning fun – a concept I’m sure every parent agrees with. Do the kids think it’s fun? Well, according to Brain Quest, 31 million kids think so. It probably doesn’t guarantee that Gavin will think so, but at RM34 for a set of cards, it’s probably worth the gamble.