I’m someone who loves logic games. I loved the analytical reasoning part of the SATs so much that I was sort of bummed when I was finished with that section.
So, how do you teach those skills at home? Well, you can directly teach logic and analytical reasoning through textbooks, puzzles, and through workbooks like this series that we adore, or you can play games. And, seriously… who doesn’t love to play logic games?
The Best Logic Games for Your Homeschool
Top Logic Games for Your Homeschool
How could I write a post on logic and reasoning games and not include chess? Chess involves memory, strategy, pattern recognition, higher-order reasoning, and planning ability, among many other skills. And, if you’re just learning, be sure to check out my oldest’s review of No Stress Chess.
Gravity Maze by ThinkFun
This game is for ages 8 and up. Gravity Maze includes a game grid and challenge cards of increasing difficulty. The object of the game is to construct a marble run to solve the challenge, using gravity. The colors in this game are great and the challenge is even better. The game involves planning, sequential reasoning, and visual spatial skills. It’s just as much fun for the grown-ups as it is for the kids.
IQ Twist by Smart Games
IQ Twist is a fun one-player logic game, for ages 6 and up. It comes in a compact case so it can be easily stored and is perfect for travel. The challenges start off easy and get quite difficult. My kids love this game, folks! Bonus: it keeps him quiet in waiting rooms and restaurants!
Katamino by Gigamic
This award-winning game is so versatile! It can be played with one player or two, has several different playing variations, and many challenge levels. It would be perfect for a child, a teen, a family, for the coffee table, or for your office. Warning: it is addicting!
Laser Maze by ThinkFun
Laser Maze is another ThinkFun favorite over here. Do you want to know the part that kids will love about this game? There’s a legit laser, folks. The goal is to set up your playing board according to the challenge card that you select. Then it’s up to you to position the various tokens (some of which are mirrors) so that the laser hits the targets indicated on the challenge card. This game involves planning and sequential reasoning skills and has levels from beginning to expert so it has a lot of longevity.
Logic Links by Mindware
This is a fantastic logic game. The box is small and portable and the cards start out quite easy but grow more challenging over time. The goal is to follow the clues to arrange the links in the correct order. It gets tricky very quickly and is a fun challenge.
This is the classic Mastermind but geared toward young children. Using colorful animals and a jungle theme, you must use logic to break the code. There are several levels of play so you don’t outgrow this game too quickly! And if you like Mastermind, please know that there is also a Mastermind for Kids so the whole family can enjoy!
Rush Hour by ThinkFun
This is one of my favorite keep-kids-busy games. Rush Hour is one of our family’s favorite games. I love how the game comes with a travel pouch, so you can travel with it and even play it in the car. Rush hour has four levels of play to keep your child challenged. The goal is to arrange cars on the grid according to your challenge card and then to move the various cars within the grid in such a way that you ultimately free the red car from traffic. If you like this game, be sure to check out the two-player version, Rush Hour Shift!
Stratos Spheres is a three-dimensional twist on the traditional four-in-a-row game. This two-player game is for ages 8 and up. The goal of the game is to be the first player to connect four spheres in a row, in any direction. To play, each player selects a color and one player places one of his or her colored spheres onto the white neutral sphere and then passes it to his or her opponent. The players continue taking turns placing colored spheres. The first player to connect four colored spheres in a row is the winner.
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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.
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