Wednesday 13 March 2013

Day 3 - Toys, Games, and Puzzles

Puzzles, toys and games are a multimillion dollar industry and it's growing by the day and with it often grows our confusion about what to buy and use in our home schools. Are their benefits to using / playing board games with our children ?

Some benefits of board games
  • Increases critical thinking skills
  • Grouping skills
  • Counting skills
  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Visual perception
  • Fine motor skills
  • 3 D thinking
  • Quality Family Time
  • Relieves Stress and Mental Fatigue
  • Life Skills - negotiating, accepting defeat and trying again, being happy for another who is winning, etc
  • Pattern recognition
  • Plan ahead and reason cause and effect
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Improves general IQ
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My Favourites
Today I would like to share my favorite games for preparing your students for the high school years and formal logic study.

Contains one travel pack with 12 coloured game pieces and booklet containing challenges (One dimensional and three dimensional). Each challenge builds upon the skill of the last.

Blokus consists of one board, four different colour tetras shaped pieces {red, yellow, blue and green),  This game can be played with 1-4 players. The game works on strategy and critical thinking skills.

Rush Hour
This game consists of a storage bag, one traffic grid board with storage board, 40 graded challenge cards (4 levels), 15 blocking cars and trucks, 1 red escape car. This game works on logic and critical thinking skills.

Block by Block
This game consists of seven block pieces, 60 challenge cards {each card has a three dimensional picture that needs to be constructed using the block pieces, the rear of the card contains the solution), and a storage bag. The game strengthens problem solving skills and 3 dimensional thinking.

The Challenge
My biggest challenge is remembering to actually take all these wonderful games out of the cupboard and using them.  It seems we are always running out of time!

What are some of your favourite board games ?

Puzzle image courtesy Free Digital Photo's - Salvatore Vuono 
5 Days of Teaching Creatively

Day 3
  1. Delight Directed Instruction
  2. Schooling in the Kitchen
  3. Toy's, Games & Puzzles
  4. Homeschooling in a Crisis
  5. Hands on Projects

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Here are some more posts by home school moms with ideas about Toys, Games and Puzzles in your Homeschooling


  1. I think you would enjoy a lot of these family games,183.aspx

  2. I love this post, Chareen! I think games are a forgotten "tool" in homeschooling. We often use games as a great break in our day. My daughter has no idea she is using critical thinking skills; she just thinks we're having fun!

    1. I need to constantly remind myself that it's still learning :)


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