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Cranium Crunches

Mind-healthy puzzles, exercises and tips

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All of the activities on Activity Connection are designed to be "mind-healthy." In particular, check out our Puzzles and Trivia pages every month.


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This Month's Cranium Crunches

Click on the images below and print some mentally challenging puzzles to share with your group this month. (The solutions are included.)

Tip: If you think the puzzle is too difficult, try giving clues or completing part of the puzzle, making it easier to solve.


4 Concentration Puzzles
Another option: Each puzzle on a separate page

Change a Letter

Math Count Up 1 to 4


Wacky Wordies


Dr. Rob's Cranium Crunches of the Month

Dr. Rob Winningham, Psychology and Gerontology Professor at Western Oregon University and widely recognized expert on cognitive stimulation, is partnering with Activity Connection to bring you a monthly brain stimulation activity.

This Month's Exercise

This month's exercise is called "Letter Symbols." Before doing the exercises, share Dr. Rob's brief explanation of Letter Symbols and why it is a good mental stimulation activity. (Knowing the "why" is always a good motivator for participants.)

Let us know if you are as excited about this new feature as we are and how your clients are enjoying the exercises.


Cranium Crunches Workbook


Cranium Crunches Workbook

Dr. Rob Winningham, nationally recognized author and expert on the aging brain, has partnered with Activity Connection, the premier online resource for activity professionals, to bring you Cranium Crunches Workbooks, featuring over 200 pages of cognitively stimulating activities.
Brain Aerobics 101: Positive Stimulation for the Mind: 4 CE Hours


Brain Aerobics 101: Positive Stimulation for the Mind: 4 CE Hours

This course is approved by both the NCCAP and the NAAPCC for 4 CE Hours. In this course we are going to be focusing on the development of positive mind-stimulating programming. Here’s what we will be discussing: • Two basic tenets for success • A variety of ways people learn • Right brains, left b...