*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*
Board games are great for so many reasons. Along with being a source of entertainment, they promote social skills, improve communication, and build self-esteem. For younger kids, they can help teach number and shape recognition, counting, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. You might be surprised to learn that games can also improve an adult’s mental health. Research has shown that playing games can relieve stress by providing a healthy distraction, reduce the risk oaf mental diseases by exercising the mind, and lower blood pressure by increasing endorphins. To experience some of these benefits, check out some of the logic games, puzzles, and other products ThinkFun has to offer.
ThinkFun has been dedicated to creating games that are not only fun, but also sharpen the mind and stimulate crucial brain development since 1985. The award-winning company offers a vast selection of games to fans in over 50 countries. They have received international acclaim for the their hit games like Gravity Maze™ and Robot Turtles™.
ThinkFun put a high-tech twist on a classic game to create Laser Chess. Unlike the traditional version of Chess, this two-player strategy game takes just minutes to learn. Players take turns moving their mirrored pieces around the game board. After moving a piece, the player uses their laser to fire a beam across the board. If the beam hits any non-mirrored section of any piece, the player removes it from the board. If it strikes the opponent’s King, the game ends and the player wins. However, if the player illuminates his own King, the opponent wins! You can find it on Amazon for $39.99. For 2 players ages 8 and up.
I have tried to teach the boys chess in the past, but they just won’t sit still long enough. Laser Chess was much easier to teach and of course, because it involves lasers, they were eager to learn. At first they seemed to randomly move their pieces without any real strategy, but after a while, they really started to put some thought into it before they made their move. This game is entertaining and provides hours of fun play. More importantly, it reinforces logic and problem solving skills and visual perception and reasoning.
In Fold-It, the race is on to find the fastest cook. Speed alone won’t win the race however, as players must also follow the recipe on the Order Card. One player reveals an order and each player takes their Recipe Cloth and attempts to fold it leaving only the items displayed on the Order Card showing. As each player finishes, they grab a token and when the tokens run out, the round ends. If a player gets the order wrong, they have to give up a token. When only one player has tokens left, they win the game. Pick it up on Amazon for $17.99. For 2 or more players ages 8 and up.
This is a wonderful game to get the family involved in. It requires you to use speed as well as problem solving and logic skills. My boys and I are pretty competitive, so we have a blast with this. The youngest did get a bit frustrated because he was not as quick as the rest of us, but overall, he had fun. The game goes pretty quick and it is simple to learn, though some challenges are harder than they seem.
Put on your thinking cap because with Cat Crimes, you’ll have to use logic to find the offender. Pet sitting your neighbor’s six cats seemed like a walk in the park, but little did you know you would spend your weekend trying to find which furry feline broke the flower-pot, spilled the coffee, or tore up the shoe. These cats are smart, but using the clues provided, you will figure out the culprit in no time. This game is available on Amazon for $12.99. For players 8 and up.
If you have a kiddo that enjoys logic games, this game is perfect. It has 40 cards that increase in difficulty to really challenge the player. The player follows the clues given and uses logic to determine which cat committed the crime. The game is fairly easy for adults and older kids, but with younger kids, it really tests their skills. This game is really fitting for my 9-year-old and since it is single-player, he can play by himself when he needs some alone time.
As always, ThinkFun has impressed up with their new selection of games. I love that the boys spend hours playing and having fun without realizing they are also learning.