Thursday, May 27, 2010

Great Games that Get Kids to Think - Game # 1: Castle Logix

Decided that one topic that might be of interest to all of you whether you are a homeschool mama, a classroom teacher, a Montessori guide, a parent, or grandparent, or just someone who enjoys reading about cool things for children, is great games for children.

The first game is called Castle Logix.

It is made by Educational Insights.

Am not getting paid to write a review of this particular game, nor was I contacted to do a review.

Am simply doing it because it is a great game that both of my sons just love, especially Little Bro

If you have a child or children who love to work with blocks, this game is for you.

If you have a child or children who enjoy games involving logic and reasoning, this is for you.

If you like games that have a control for error, this game is for you.

If you like a game that could easily work in the Montessori environment as a shelf work, this game is for you.
To make into a shelf work, all that you would have to do is to remove the wooden buiding pieces and the guide and put them all on a nice wooden tray.
You could introduce the game as a work and as far as doing the presentation, you could show them how to start the first starter level and then, show them the solution page that works as a control of error on the reverse side of the page.

 If you like games that have a range of difficulty levels, this game is for you.

The box says that the game is for ages 5 and up.

The ranges of difficulty are:
Starter - fairly easy 6 piece puzzles 
Junior - 7 piece puzzles
Expert - Balancing puzzles
Master - Outline puzzles

If you like a game that is to have a child clean up and put away neatly, this game is for you.

If you like a well constructed game, this game is for you.

The game itself consists of seven wooden pieces (four wooden castle blocks and three wooden towers) and a game guide.

How a child plays this game:
First, choose a puzzle to build.
 (If a child is unsure, start at the starter level and then, move up. A child could move up to any of the four levels.)

The child then arranges the tower and block pieces to build the castle.

When the child has finished making their castle, they can check the back page of the guide to check their answer. There is only one possible solution to each puzzle.

As far as extensions, once the child has gone through and had done all of the various challenges from Starter to Master Level, they would easily be able to come up with extensions to go with these game.

The game is a keeper! 

We happened to find ours at a consignment store, which is where man of our games and books come from, so keep your eyes peeled when you go to consignment stores for this...but if you find it brand new at a store, it would be worth the money.


Mommy Moment said...

Wow, this looks like a really cool game!
I love finding games for my girls second hand!


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Hi Colleen! Thank you for visiting my blog! This game looks really cool! I am going to be on the look-out for it! Love the background - very Florida-y!

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