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Brain Games

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?

Grades K-12

The Stroop Effect: 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!


Grades 5-12


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. A Spanish version of the game is also available.

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.


Brain Alphabet

Grades K-12

Spell your name with "brainy" letters using the Brain Alphabet.

On-line Response Time Experiments

Grades K-12

How fast are you? Test your response time using these reaction time experiments.

Experiment 1 - Start/Stop test

Experiment 2 - Stoplight test

Experiment 3 - Hit-the-dot test

Experiment 4 - Color test

Experiment 5 - Check box test

Neuroscience Coloring Books

Grades K-12

Now there are THREE ways to color:


The Brain Game

Grades K-6

Roll the die, move your Brain Marker and follow the directions on the space. If you are the first to collect 20 neurons, you are the winner!


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.


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.
  5. 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.


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.

Crossword Puzzles

Printable Puzzles

Word Search Games

Grades 3-12

Find the hidden words.

On-line Versions
Printable Worksheets

Brain Facts that make you go, "Hmmmmm".

Grades 6-12

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

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"

Grades K-6

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

Brain Bingo Game

Grades 3-8

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

Brain Trip

Grades K-6

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

Brain Board Game

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.

Neuron Race Board Game

Grades 3-8

Race to send your signal faster than your opponents! This game was created by Seth Eggleston, Veronica Hoelscher, and Malayka Mottarella at Willamette University.

Get instructions and game board.

Brain Tic Tac Toe

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

Grades K-6

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

On-line Concentration Games

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."


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."


The Memory Game

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

Grades K-3

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

Make Sense!

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

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:


Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain

Brain Disorders

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?

.....and the list can go on and on.

Name That Nerve!

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

Grades 3-12

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

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, they are not too funny, but try them anyway.

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

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