logic & reasoning

Funology

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Funology is a website that offers offline activities, such as crafts, science experiments, magic, games, recipes, jokes, riddles, trivia and more. Brain Benefits: visual processing, attention, logic & reasoning, planning, hand-eye coordination What I love: Anything that gets our kids off technology gets a thumbs up. If it also encourages them to… read more

Paint Tower! LearningRx Review

Reviewed by Wendy  What it is: If you’re looking to build visual processing, this app has got you covered! The basic concept is simple: stack a tower of pieces from the top down with the number of blocks you’re given. It sounds simple, until you realize that each piece affects the tower’s balance! Add too… read more

Word Stack

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: This word-association app is billed as good for people who love crosswords, word search or hangman. You create a stack of words by associating them as synonyms or antonyms, because they create compound words or just because they’re related somehow (e.g., five and seven are both numbers). Brain Benefits:… read more

Puzzledom

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [From the Google app store]: “A collection of the best and most addictive logic puzzles with minimalism graphics and unique level design. Puzzledom merged best puzzles like Connect, Blocks, Rolling Ball and Escape, which are easy to learn and fun to master into one game collection.” Brain Benefits: Visual… read more

Discovery Kids

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: An online kids’ site based on similar themes from the Discovery Channel (nature, animals, sports, science, etc.). The site is divided into videos, games, explore, shop and “Brave Wilderness,” the latter of which is a channel that introduces kids to animals and various adventures. Brain Benefits: The games on… read more

Fat Brain Toys

What it is: Fat Brain Toys website dedicated to selling quality toys that educate and entertain. Brain Benefits: This online store offers toys to help with a variety of special needs. There’s an entire section called Special Needs Resource Center that offers categories of toys based on the feedback from customers whose children with special… read more

Monopoly

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: (Amazon description) “Build your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world’s most famous properties. It’s classic Monopoly fun! Take a ride on Reading Railroad, build a house on Baltic Avenue, or buy up the whole neighborhood — it’s your turn to get rich! You’ll take a spin… read more

FIRST Science and Technology Programs

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a nonprofit offering a collection of programs created to encourage kids and teens to participate more in science and technology. The four main programs are FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8), FIRST LEGO League Jr. (ages 6 to 10), FIRST… read more

PBS Kids

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: An educational but fun website for young kids (ages 3 to 5 or so) offering more than 150 games, plus storybooks, printables, videos, recipes and activities. The site offers some of the most popular PBS cartoon characters as themes throughout the various activities. Brain Benefits: Numerical fluency, problem solving,… read more

Parcheesi

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Billed as “the royal game of India,” Parcheesi is old family board game that is still sold today. Supposedly, the game was first played in the United States in the late 1860s, but I remember it being really popular during my childhood (1970s and 1980s). The object is to… read more