Cognitive Development During adolescence, the developing teenager acquires the ability to think systematically about all logical relationships within a problem. For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds Citing the latest research on the brain, experts say chess, Scrabble, Monopoly -- even jigsaw puzzles or tic-tac-toe -- help children build analytical, organizational and creative skills. Reading to Kids Helps Their Development Research shows that reading regularly to young children, especially those between ages 6 months and 5 years, is central to their overall growth and development. Sports and Music: Both Good for Kids Organized sports for children offer obvious benefits such as physical fitness and sportsmanship, but did you know that a musical education program has many of the same benefits? Music education and participation in sports are both great ways to prepare your child for future success.