Festive food for your brain


You can’t get away from nuts at Christmas: chestnuts, walnuts and hazelnuts are all part of the festive fayre. But while it’s great to unwind and enjoy all these treats, make sure you look after your own ‘nut’. Just as you might want to hit the gym after a bit of Christmas excess, it’s good to give your brain a workout as well.

To help you, MTa Learning has hidden 5 green nuts, the kind you use with bolts, in and around the Christmas tree. It takes the average person 3m 18s to find them all: the same time it takes to eat a mince pie.

Take a look and see if you can find them all, we’ve put the answers at the end of the page if you want to see if you were right!

“Puzzles like these develop problem-solving and memory skills, but they’re quite straightforward.” says MTa managing director Jamie Thompson “But they don’t mirror the real challenges we face at work when we have to solve more complex problems. For that, more complex activities are needed to show richer internal processes which can then be reflected and improved upon.”

MTa’s Experiential Learning Kits give you a much better idea of that complexity and help you build the skills you need to succeed.

With dozens of fun and engaging activities crammed into each MTa Kit there’s something for everyone and every situation.

If you’re looking for learning that really helps with problem-solving, try an activity like Over The Bridge. Participants get straight to work on a complex problem, where they need to cooperate and ask the right questions to succeed. It’s one of 16 activities in the MTA Team Kit. Others explore themes like individual vs team success and stepping up to manage the team.

Both activities help deal with the kind of complex issues we all face at work but are fun and hands-on leading to real behavioural change.

Just like our Christmas puzzle, they are easy to get your head around but provide plenty more food for thought.