visual processing

Q-bitz

Reviewed by Joan Emerson, LearningRx Shreveport What it is:  [Amazon product description] Mindware’s Q-bitz is a visual challenge game that employs a litany of cognitive skills, including spacial and pattern recognition, organization, hand eye coordination, quick decision making, and a sharp memory. Q-bitz is a 3 round game. Round 1 is all about speed as players… read more

Letris 4

Reviewed by WendyWhat it is: [From iTunes store] Letris is one of the most popular AppStore word games. You have to build words to keep the screen clear and empty for as long as possible. It’s based on a simple idea that will keep you hooked, encouraging you to go on to the next level and beat your… read more

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

The Boxcar Children Book Series

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [From the publisher] The Boxcar Children, published sixty years ago in 1942, has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. For the first time, and in honor of the 60th anniversary, Albert Whitman & Company is publishing a special edition of The Boxcar Children.The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home… 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

Wimmer-Ferguson Mind Shapes

Reviewed by Brittany What it is: [From Amazon product description] Mind Shapes is an award winning infant development toy designed with a variety of multi-sensory activities to engage and stimulate your baby. Each shape makes a unique chime when rolled or rattled, introducing baby to the cause and effect world of sound. A variety of textured fabrics… 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