Logic Games, Puzzles, and Apps
Looking for a way to spend time as a family, or encourage your child to develop persistence and good thinking skills on their own? Trying to think of a way to help your kids avoid the “summer slide” without making them feel like you are working them to death? Here are some of our favorite games that can help “make your brain grow” (as I tell my kids).
In this single player game, you set up the “traffic” as shown on the card of your choice. You then move the vehicles back and forth until you can drive the ice cream truck off of the game board. With cards levels of easy through super hard, it’s a game that can grow with your child. (You can read my complete review of this game here.)
Follow the clues to set up the colored circles, then read back through to see if you’ve done it correctly. While the easy levels require basic instruction following skills, the harder levels require a “guess and check” mentality along with greater understanding of vocabulary such as “adjacent” and “diagonal”.
I haven’t played this game but I’ve heard good things about it. Another one player game with cards for different difficultly levels. The animals must be rescued from the river in a certain order.
Remember Mastermind?? So stinking tricky! There’s a kid’s version out now, but it didn’t seem to get very good reviews. Try introducing your little one to Mastermind using an agreed upon 3 colors instead of 4, or work on matching only colors instead of colors and positions. Once they understand the game’s premise, try the real thing.
Your Flow board is a grid with pairs of colored dots on it. You must connect the matching dots, and in doing so use every space in the board. But be careful, your lines are not allowed to cross! Choose a grid size to match your child’s skill level.
Cogs has a series of puzzles where you try to connect gears or pipes to reach an end goal. Some of the puzzles go around the outside of a box or other 3D object and you can turn the object with a two figure swipe.
We don’t have this app, but it’s only 99 cents so it may be worth trying out. Pushy is a small, friendly character who you have to help get home. But in order to get him home, you have to solve a puzzle. This may require figuring out how different elements of the puzzle work, and determining what needs to be done.
Pencil and Paper Puzzles
This “fill in the number” game can have greatly varied difficulty levels depending on the number of squares and the numbers provided. Activity Village has a great collection of leveled puzzles.
“Fill in the Grid” Logic Puzzles
Read the clues and fill in the chart to find out to find the answer to the question. This teaches children how to use process of elimination, make deductions, and keep trying when something is tricky! Enchanted Learning has a nice collection.
Puzzles.com has a collection of printable pencil and paper puzzles. There are several of the “can you trace this shape without lifting up your pencil or retracing any lines?” variety. There are lots of books containing similar puzzles, but this would be a good place to try them out before buying a book.
Do you have a favorite logic game or app?