Call me old fashion, but I love playing board games with my children. We can spend hours together laughing and learning without even realizing it. Board games ignite our minds and give us hands on learning opportunities to test our coordination, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities. ThinkFun games are fan favorites in my household. They all have an element of learning behind them, as well as creativity that inspires even the youngest of minds.
ThinkFun has numerous games that are great for any dimension of game play. From toddler to adult, they cater to fun and educational hands-on learning. In a home or classroom setting, their games provide STEM education opportunities. I teamed up with ThinkFun to review and showcase four games that every household could benefit from owning.
This is a fun and unique single player game that you can take anywhere you go. Amaze is small, light-weight, and perfect for challenging the mind. Using changing pathways, Amaze has 16 levels that start easy and increase in difficulty as the game progresses. As a family we have enjoyed playing this game by timing each other to see who can beat the levels the fastest. Using the provided stylist the pathways are traced and moved until the maze level is solved.
Fidgitz twists, turns, and mixes all in attempt to have each side of the puzzle the same color. This is a great game for a complex mind. My son has spent hours playing with this game. He once solved the puzzle ten times in a row. The shifting and manipulating of the pieces is strangely therapeutic. It is light weight and easy to take with you everywhere you go. This game is recommended for children 8 years and older. I would strongly consider that when purchasing this. My son, who is 8, was playing with it and moving his hands quickly trying to solve it, when his finger became pinched in-between the game pieces. Unfortunately, since that happened, he hasn’t played it again. Smaller fingers have a greater risk of being pinched, so I would avoid purchasing this for a younger child. However, it is a great game to keep those active hands moving. If you or someone you know has ADD or ADHD, this is a great game to carry around.
Laser Maze Jr.
This is a fun and exciting way to challenge the youngest of minds. From the get go, Lazer Maze Jr. teaches problem-solving skills and critical thinking. There are four different levels of play: easy, medium, hard, and super hard. The objective is to get the laser beam to light up the rockets while avoiding any obstacles in the grid using the reflection and redirection of mirrors. You will need two AAA batteries to play with this game. Playing Laser Maze Jr. with my children has been fun to watch. Although it is a single-player game, we love to work together to brainstorm different outcomes to solve the maze. This ThinkFun game is exciting and puts a fun twist on learning.
Probably the most complex game of the bunch, Gravity Maze is fun and challenging. This game is a fan favorite in our house. The objective of the game is to create a successful pathway for a marble to move from one point to another. There are 60 different challenges provided to test your logic and problem solving abilities. However, if you are just wanting to have a little creative thinking time, you can spend hours creating your own mazes and pathways. With this option, you have endless game play for every type of personality, young or old.