A recent study by researchers at various universities shows that young children who play a game called the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders task tend to perform better in both literacy and mathematics. The researchers said this activity is similar to Simon Says and demands that students use their self-regulation skills, which includes the ability to pay attention, follow instructions and remember what they are told.
In order to test the effectiveness of the game, the team of researchers studied more than 800 children between the ages of 3 and 6 in four different countries. Regardless of the nation, the researchers found that children who performed well during the activity tended to be about three months ahead of their peers in literacy. Similar results were seen in math, although students in China were frequently four months ahead of other children if they performed well at the task.
The researchers said they have completed other studies on the subject in Europe, where they found similar results.
Parents who are concerned about how their children perform academically in relation to their peers may want to encourage them to take a kid’s IQ test.