Thursday, December 11, 2014

Game Time: Knot So Fast is Great Exercise for Your Brain

We all know it is important to exercise the body, but did you realize it is also important to exercise the mind? Exercising the brain helps improve or maintain creativity, memory, rhythm, special awareness and many other things. Fortunately, there are many entertaining ways to exercise the brain including puzzles, dancing, challenging literature, learning a language, and playing games. Knot So Fast is a brain training knot tying dexterity game from ThinkFun.

I received a complimentary Knot So Fast game from ThinkFun to review. I am a total "noob" when it comes to knot tying. So I find that not only is Knot So Fast a challenge, I also learn a new skill every time I play.


About Knot So Fast:

Knot So Fast challenges you to look at a picture than figure out how to tie the illustrated knot.  The creators claim it will exercise your dexterity, visual perception and critical thinking skills. That and it is fun! Once you figure out how to tie the knot, ThinkFun suggests that you use a timer and time yourself. Try to beat your best time--for most knots it should take 30 seconds or less once you "know the ropes." (Sorry, I could not resist the pun!)

Knot So Fast was created by Australian Dugald Keith who studied Physics at university but went on to invent board games and puzzles.  The game was developed with the assistance of a knot consultant (who knew!) Des Pawson. Pawson is an author of numerous books on knotwork and was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the world of knots.

Summary: Knot Tying Dexterity Game

Description: Knot tying is a valuable life skill and a great spacial reasoning workout, flexing mental muscles and fine motor skills.
Ages: 8 to adult
Single Player (Though there is a multi-player version I have not tried)

Included In The Box:
• 40 Challenges with Instructions & Fun Facts
• Rope
• Metal Tying Ring

My Experience Play Knot So Fast:

I have a steep learning curve and it is a work in progress. I certainly can use a workout for my visual perception and my manual dexterity. I do spend a few minutes most days playing casual brain training games or working on puzzles such as Sodoku. I found a hands-on tactile game like Knot So Fast to be a nice change. It is an interesting challenge to translate a two dimensional illustration into a three dimensional knot. 

I recommend it for people who are interested in brain training games or puzzles that are a little more tactile than a video game. If you are interested in learning knot tying than you won't want to miss Knot So Fast!

Where to Purchase Knot So Fast: 

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Knot so Fast is available from the ThinkFun website and on Amazon as well as many retailers of toys and games.

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