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December 14, 2017

Rachael Tom

ThinkFun Brain Games Holiday Gift Guide

Topics: STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, Brainteasers

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Being on winter break doesn’t have to mean you have to stop training your brain! To give you a boost this holiday season, we’re providing a list with a variety of brain games for all ages. These games are fun, challenging, and bring loved ones together. They won’t fit into a stocking, but they will certainly look pretty sitting underneath a tree! Keep your mind sharp this holiday season with some of our favorite brain games!

 

Laser Chess

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Laser Chess is a two-player strategy game that combines the spatial thinking skills of chess with the high-tech fun of laser beams. Players alternate turns moving their mirrored pieces around the board. At the end of each turn, players fire a real laser beam from their station base. The laser bean bounces from mirror to mirror and if the beam strikes a non-mirrored surface of any piece, it is immediately removed from play. If you illuminate your opponent’s King - you win!

Ages 8 & up

 

 

AnimaLogic

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The river is rising and the rapids are raging- do you have the right kind of smarts to help the animals to safety? AnimaLogic can be won by solving the puzzle to stop the stampede! Lions, hippos, giraffes, and camels are all waiting to cross the river, but they can only cross the bridge one at a time and in the correct sequence. This game teaches color and object recognition, requencing, and matching abilities.

Ages 5 & up

 

 

Roller Coaster Challenge

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Buckle up and get ready to twist and turn your mind as you attempt to solve 40 exhilarating challenges with Roller Coaster Challenge! When you’re constructed a successful ride, give your car a little push and watch it glide down the track. When you’re ready for a little free-form play, get creative and use the tracks to build your own elaborate gravity-defying thrill rides! You can even share your custom coaster with friends and family through the online builder!

Ages 6 & up

 

 

Dimension: The Spherical Stackable Fast Paced Puzzle Game

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Dimension is a fast-paced, innovative puzzle game that takes palce in three dimensions with 60 colorful spheres. All of the players play at the same time, trying to position the spheres on their trays to earn as many points as possible. The task cards indicate how the spheres must be placed to earn points: exactly two orange spheres must be on the tray, black and blue must touch each other, and blue must not touch white. Complete these tasks while racing against the timer! Prove to your opponents that you are the master of multi-dimensional thinking!

 Ages 8-15 years

 

 

Cat Crimes

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Use logical deduction to solve these Cat Crimes! Tangeled yarn and a missing bird… which of the six furry Fiends was responsible for each cat crime? With a little problem-solving, players will be able to use paw prints, toy placement, and other clues to figure out exactly where each cat was sitting at the time of the crime. The game was endorsed by celebrity cat, Venus the Two Face Cat, so you know it’s pawsome!

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Ages 8 & up

 

 

Dr. Eureka Speed Logic Game

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You can play this game by yourself or with friends! The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes, and 6 colorful balls to solves his scientific formula. The challenge is to move your molecules from tube to tube without touching or dropping them and position the balls as illustrated on the challenge card.

Ages 8 & up

 

 

Color Matching Egg Set

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The Count and Matching Egg set helps children with brain development and set the foundation for future learning in a fun, engaging way. This toddler toy is perfect for helping preschoolers learn to count, sort, and match! Each plastic egg contains a different color and number with corresponding pegs and holes. Watch your child figure out how to open the eggs, find out what’s inside, and put them back together. Plus, this toy can be used in a variety of other ways!

One reviewer states, “Sturdy, colorful. My grandaughter is learning colors, numbers, counting. Perfect for all of those. Plus she plays cooking, shopping, and practices small motor movements. Hihgly recommend.” 

Ages 18 months & up

 

Cookie Time

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Described by some reviewers as, “better than dominos,” Cookie Time is a fun game to work on strategic thinking by planning current and future moves. In addition, players can learn to hone their spatial reasoning, creative thinking, math logic, and problem solving. The rules are incrediably easy to follow: match the cookie shape between two tiles. In doing this, players can strategize how to find matches with colors and create long lines or circles of the same cookie shape for bonus points!

 

Ages 7 & up

Color Cube Sudoku