I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by ThinkFun.
Research has shown that the brain develops better when exposed to brainteasers and logic puzzles. Along with brain development, these activities offer many other benefits including enhancing memory, improving processing speed, encouraging problem-solving, and much more. While there are many ways for children to strengthen these skills, the best way is to do so while having fun. When ThinkFun offered to send me their newest challenge game to review, I couldn’t wait for my kids to try it out.
ThinkFun, founded in 1985 by Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello, makes learning fun. By taking ideas from some of the most brilliant minds in the world, the husband and wife duo set out on a mission to create games that were fun and exercised the mind. From day one, the company has offered games, brainteasers and puzzles that help stimulate brain development.
The Roller Coaster Challenge let players use their skills to build their very own roller coaster. You pick a challenge card that features a beginning layout and set up the pieces accordingly. You then use your creativity and logic skills to build a working roller coaster with the remaining pieces based on the card’s conditions. After successfully completing the challenge, you can watch the little red coaster car race through the tracks. This game provides 40 different challenges that encourage creative thinking, problem solving, and visual perception and reasoning. It is intended for ages 5 and up.
Roller Coaster Challenge includes:
- Game Grid
- 39 Track Pieces
- 36 Post Pieces
- 2 Tunnels
- 40 Challenges with Solutions
My 11 year old was reluctant to try Roller Coaster Challenge at first. He was intimidated by all of the pieces and thought he wouldn’t be able to build a working roller coaster. After some encouragement however, he dove right in. He started with an easy challenge and while it took him a few minutes at first to get the concept down, he was successful. You could see the sense of accomplishment on his face as he tested the little red car out. He then built a coaster based on a more difficult challenge card and continued building late into the night until I made him head to bed.
My son is not easily entertained. He doesn’t sit still for more than a few minutes, so I was shocked that he sat on the floor and played with this game for several hours. I am delighted that he got so into the Roller Coaster Challenge because it forces him to use his brain and put various skills to the test. The best part? It is not an electronic! It provides a hands-on experience that combines learning and fun.
You can pick up Roller Coaster Challenge on Amazon for $29.99.
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