Cognitive skills are the mental capabilities one needs to successfully learn. Underlying cognitive skills must exist in order to sequence, sort, count, plan, problem solve, remember, think creatively, and think analytically. Children who are struggling with their cognitive abilities may have trouble academically. Promoting creativity, mathematics, memory, and reading will strengthen cognitive skills. Puzzles and sorting games are activities that help to improve memory and concentration. Number games, counting activities, and math workbooks help develop math skills. The use of musical toys, instruments, and rhyming activities help improve memory and reading skills. Word problems and science kits can also both be beneficial in improving cognitive skills.