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7 Little Words

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: 7 Little Words is a word-game app that uses clues to hint at seven words segmented into two or more letters per tile. For example, the clue “meowing pet” tells you that the solution has eight letters. When you look at the tiles below the clues, you’d choose these… read more

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

Merged! LearningRx Review

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: If you’re looking to build visual processing, the game app Merged! is easy to understand without being boring. You simply turn and place the pieces on the board to get them into groups of three. Sometimes there is a single die and sometimes it’s like a domino with two… 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

Sushi Go!

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: (From the manufacturer) Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to… 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

The LEGO Ideas Book

Reviewed by: Wendy What it is: The LEGO Ideas Book From the Lego website: Open the inspiration-packed LEGO® Ideas Book and break out the bricks! With over 500 fan-submitted building ideas, this colorful creation collection is sure to unlock every imagination. Brain Benefits: Using the book to help create pieces with loose bricks (and possibly… read more