It’s no secret that our family loves a good game. I rely heavily on educational games in our homeschool. Games provide a wonderful way to build upon skills, make memories, and have fun as a family.
One of my favorite companies for high-quality educational games is ThinkFun. I gush about ThinkFun all the time and it is with good reason. ThinkFun’s games are amazing! They have yet to disappoint us; every single ThinkFun game we have played as been fantastic.
Today, I am sharing five of our family’s favorite ThinkFun games from the past year. And then, in honor of back-to-school time, I’ll be giving them away… just like I did last year!
5 Fantastic ThinkFun Games for Families
Throughout the year, I like to write posts about some of our family’s favorite games. Today, I’m sharing five of our favorite ThinkFun games from this past year. I hope you love them as much as we do!
Balance Beans is easy to play but challenging to master. The object of the game is to add the additional beans indicated on the challenge card in such a way that they balance the seesaw. Solutions to each challenge are on the reverse side of each card. Young players start off using trial-and-error but even the youngest players get the hang of it quickly. Soon, players learn to use reasoning and problem-solving skills. As they play, they are learning to balance equations and the rules of physics!
ThinkFun’s Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer Manor is an interactive party game, perfect for gatherings, holidays, or a family game night.
Set in 1869, Mystery at the Stargazer Manor tells the story of an astronomer who has not been seen nor heard from since his wife’s passing. However, strange things have been happening over at his manor: smoke, sounds, and an odd odor.
The game begins with a letter from the caretaker of Stargazer Manor. In the letter, the caretaker asks for help investigating the astronomer’s disappearance and recent strange events at the manor. The party host reads the letter aloud and, when everyone is ready, the host sets a timer… and I won’t tell you anything else for fear of spoiling the fun!
Math Dice Chase is kind of like Wonder Ball or Hot Potato. And my kids love it!
To play, players sit in a circle. One player starts with the two 12-sided purple dice while another player uses the two 12-sided blue dice. When everyone is ready, both players roll their dice, multiply the numbers rolled, and call out their answer. Then, they quickly pass the dice to the player next to them.
The trick is to multiply quickly because if you are caught with both pairs at the same time you are O-U-T!
When we play this in our home, I modify it for my two little ones. The adults and 8-year-old multiply while the little two add and it works out perfectly.
Stratos Spheres is a three-dimensional twist on the traditional four-in-a-row game. This two-player game is recommended 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.
Yoga Spinner is designed for ages 5 and up and is ideal for 2 or more players. The game includes a spinner and playing cards in red, green, white, and blue.
To play, players sit in a circle and players take turns using the spinner and selecting cards of the appropriate color. Each card contains a yoga pose and the player must hold that pose for 10 seconds in order to keep the card. White cards are cooperative cards and require two players to work together on a particular pose.
The first player to obtain one card of each color wins the game. And your kiddos will be learning a little mindfulness in the process!
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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.
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