The weather on Election Day was gorgeous here in New Hampshire. When you live in New England, you embrace the unseasonably warm and sunny days because you know it could be the very last one for a long time. You understand that you could get walloped by snow in a day or two.
And so, after voting, I took my kids on a beautiful, long, and very-much-needed hike. The only problem was, we skipped quiet time. My kids are the type of kiddos who need a quiet time. What do you do when you’ve missed your window and your kids are on the verge of crabby? How do you keep the peace and allow them a minute to recharge their batteries?
On Election Day, I had a strategy: one-player logic games on the patio. A perfect late afternoon activity to calm kids down… and sneak in some learning!
Today, I’m sharing the games we used. They are fantastic educational logic games and my kids love them! (Psst- they would make fantastic educational stocking stuffers!)
Improve Quiet Time with Educational Logic Games
Here are our family’s current favorite educational logic games. When you are finished reading, I’d love for you to share your family’s favorites!
Recommended for ages 8 and up, Brick by Brick offers 60 challenges with three different levels of play. The goal is a simple one: combine the five bricks to match the image depicted on each challenge card, but the game offers a fun challenge!
Yes! It’s true! There is a new Rush Hour. It’s called Safari Rush Hour and unlike traditional Rush Hour, the grid is larger and players can move their Safari Rover in all directions making for added challenge!
To play, set up the game grid according to the challenge card, then move your Escape Rover through a safari of wild animals. If your family loves Rush Hour and Rush Hour Shift, I promise you Safari Rush Hour will be a huge hit! This game is also recommended for ages 8 and up.
Shape By Shape is a tangram-style pattern game recommended for ages 8 and up. With 60 challenges, your little geometry lover will work on those conceptual thinking and spatial reasoning skills while having a blast!
I love this game! It is adorable… and super challenging!
Sweet Logic encourages children to develop reasoning skills through fun, multi-level challenges. To play, your children must use the clues provided to fill the tray with all nine chocolate pieces in their correct positions.
Educational Logic Games Boost STEM Skills
In order for a child to be a successful STEMist, they need time and space to work on those skills. By providing your children with the opportunity to practice those skills in a fun, engaging way, you’ll be setting them up for future success.
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you have a quiet time in your home? What is your favorite logic game? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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