Brain Game

Explore the powerful role of relationships on the developing brain.

What is the Brain Game?

The Brain Architecture Game is an experiential learning tool that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development– what promotes it, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society.

The goal is to build a brain that is as tall as possible, which represents functionality, and as sturdy as possible, which represents the ability to withstand stresses. Groups of four to six players work together, drawing Life Experience cards to gain materials for brain building.

Positive experiences earn a pipe cleaner and a straw for support. Negative experiences? Pipe cleaner, but no straw. After the initial period of early childhood brain development, weights must be hung from the structure of the brain when life hands out stressors. Will the foundation withstand these weights, or will it collapse? Afterward, groups use the notes in their Life Journals to discuss the experiences that strengthened, or weakened, the architecture of their developing brains.

This is a facilitated session by a one of our Community Building and Investment members that focus on early childhood development. The game takes approximately 1 ½ hours from start to finish.

For more information on participating in the Brain Architecture Game, please contact Judy Batty at 780.443.8384 or email

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