logic & reasoning

Battat Bristle Blocks

Reviewed by Natalie What it is: [Amazon product description} The Battat Bristle Blocks 112-Piece Basic Building Set is ideal for building hand-eye coordination and stimulating young, curious minds. Bristle blocks feature soft, interlocking bristles that stick together at any angle for frustration-free building. This basic building set includes 112 pieces in assorted sizes and vibrant colors for hours… read more

Qwirkle

Reviewed by Suzi Donovan, LearningRx Santa Rosa What it is: [Amazon Product Description] TACTICAL STRATEGY: Featuring a massive amount of in-game choices, including three tiles each of thirty-six possible color-symbol combinations, Qwirkle is the perfect game to hone player’s tactical maneuvers, strategical planning, and forward thinking. Will you see the monolithic move that catapults you into first… read more

Cirplexed

Reviewed by Suzi Donovan, LearningRx Santa Rosa What it is: [MindWare Product Description] Cirplexed is the quick-start game where strategy comes full circle. Everyone plays at the same time, drawing and matching up tiles to construct the most solid-color circles on his or her game board. It takes visual thinking and 360° of strategy to maximize your score.… read more

WEDGits

Reviewed by Suzi Donovan, LearningRx Santa Rosa What It Is: [Amazon Product Description] Nest! Stack! Wedge! This educational building toy encourages creativity, stimulates spatial thinking and teaches geometric patterning. Five different sizes of building shapes and expansion bridges fit together to build almost anything or use the design guide to create 3-D sculptures, futuristic space craft and towering… read more

Doodle Dice

  Reviewed by Kim What It Is: [Amazon product description] Doodle Dice is the game of creative dice arrangement. Players roll the six bold specially designed dice. Based on the roll they attempt to copy one of the doodle designs showing in the card gallery with the face-up sides of the dice rolled. Players may also… read more

2016 Smart Mom’s Toy Box

What it is: 2016 Smart Mom’s Toy Box Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, visual processing, attention, auditory processing, memory, processing speed What We Love: This annual list of brain-boosting toys helps parents sort through the muck that is the Christmas Wish List. This year’s list includes all award-winning toys and games that build one or… read more

Ninety-nine or Bust

Reviewed by Kim What it is: [from Legendary Games site}: Quick…what is twenty-four plus seven? What’s seven plus six? Ninety-Nine or Bust card game adds up to fast-paced fun. Players take turns adding number cards to the count pile’ the count can quickly raise or lower at the flip of a card. Keep the count curbed at 99… read more

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Reviewed by Tanya What it is: In his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” Sean Covey provides teens (and their parents J) with a step-by-step guide on how to improve their self-image, make good decisions, set and achieve goals, talk to their parents, and much more. The audio version, available at audible.com, includes commentary from… read more

Lego Chain Reactions

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [Amazon Product Description] LEGO Chain Reactions is packed full of ideas, instructions, and inspiration for 10 LEGO machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Each machine alone is awesome, but put them together and you get incredible chain reactions. Then, combine the machines in any order you like to create… read more