Flex your mental muscle on National Puzzle Day

Looking for a solution to keep the kids entertained as January winds down? Try celebrating National Puzzle Day on Jan. 29.

Solving puzzles is a fun way to build brain power. Numerous studies have found that people who work on jigsaw or crossword puzzles live longer and reduce their chances of being diagnosed with diseases that impair memory. 

Families can go the old-fashioned route by building a jigsaw puzzle, or doing word puzzles or a sudoku challenge in the newspaper. There also are many online options such as websudoku.com or thewordsearch.com. Kids can even try solving digital jigsaw puzzles at thekidzpage.com.