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Game time is a great way to destress and have fun. I love sneaking in something educational while my kids are having fun. I’ve found some amazing educational options this year with Thinkfun that will be perfect for anyone on your holiday list!!
In this thrilling engineering challenge, players get to build their very own roller coasters. Start by choosing a challenge card and setting up the pieces to match. Then, players use the remaining pieces to build a working roller coaster that meets the build conditions on their challenge card. Roller Coaster Challenge incorporates elements of a logic puzzle, while also allowing for the creativity that stems from free-form building. Once you have solved each challenge, you get to watch a real coaster car glide down the track, complete with dips, curves, and loops! Roller Coaster Challenge earned American Specialty Toy Retailer Association’s (ASTRA) Best Toys for Kids Award and National Parenting Products Award!
This one was fun! I worked on it with my son and I loved seeing his face at the end when he got to see his roller coaster come to life! It was a great way to foster creativity while getting him to practice his logic skills! A great gift for anyone early grade schooler.
Prepared for a programming space mission? In this 40-challenge game two Rovers have been sent to explore Mars. The trouble is, the Rovers are programmed to travel on color and most of the pathways were left colorless in a dust storm. You’ll need to call on your critical thinking skills to correctly color the pathways so the Rovers stay on course. Challenges introduce “decision points,” “loops,” and “increment instructions” as you progress–all advanced computational skills that are delicately embedded into a fun play experience and will have you thinking like a true programmer. This is best suited for ages 8 and up. We are giving this one to my nephew for the holidays this year. I think it just challenging enough where he will enjoy it but not get overly frustrated!
Flip & rearrange all 9 Color Cubes on the 3 x 3 tray until each color appears once in every row and column. It will take more than a couple flips of a cube to master this brilliant Sudoku puzzle. Once you’ve conquered the traditional Sudoku pattern, give your brain a real workout with our fun Bonus Challenges! Color Cube Sudoku is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner and earned finalist status in American Specialty Toy Retailer Association’s (ASTRA) Best Toys for Kids! (Ages 8+). This is a great one for older kids and Soduku loving adults! I enjoyed playing with this one. There is just something about doing a Sodoku pattern in 3D that just makes it a little more challenging and even more fun!
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