logic & reasoning

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

Scrabble

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Perhaps my all-time favorite board game, Scrabble is a word-lover’s dream! Scrabble may be a bit more of a generational icon, ranking at the top of the list for fun for those of us who grew up without cell phones, tablets and computers. So for those handful of people who… read more

Clue

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Love detective games? Clue is one of those classic murder mysteries wrapped up into a board game. In the American version, players must try to determine who killed Mr. Boddy, which weapon was used to kill him, and in which room of the mansion he was killed. One card from… read more