Are Kiwi Crates worth the money? For our family, yes. Here’s our KiwiCo review.
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and I didn’t have a great gift idea for my 12 and 14 year old sons. I was on the email list for KiwiCo and was getting their holiday specials.
I enjoyed reading their emails from time-to-time. They offered fun and doable science and art activities. My kids and I did some over the years. Others I saved in my endless “to do someday with my kids” list, wherever that is.
Years prior, I saw a friend posting about her kids’ Tinker Crate and another kit on Facebook. I asked her about it, and she was really happy with them. Her kids loved them. Their grandparents bought the subscription for them each year.
Fast forward almost two years later, and I decided to look at what these Kiwi kit crates were all about.
Questions about KiwiCo
My questions and concerns before trying Kiwi crates were:
Will shipping make it cost prohibitive?
Are the kits worth the money?
Questions about KiwiCo:
Would my kids — who were definitely aging out of toys — want to do this?
Will the kits be too easy?
Would this be one more thing to pile up in the closet, untouched?
Would these crates be another thing I have to nag my kids to do?
Like many parents, I know I’m always looking for ways to engage them and to get them away from electronic devices.
I also know I’ve bought my fair share of crafts, science kits, and other sets and projects thinking we would do them but we never did. Or we finally did them but it was a chore to do — not something to look forward to but something to cross off my mental list.
All of this would just add to my overall guilt about wasting money and the pressure to offer my kids enriching experiences.
Kiwi crates as gifts
But in sort of a feeling desperate state — first world problems of not knowing what to give my kids for a gift — I opened up one of Kiwi Co’s holiday sale emails, and looked at the various kits.
I learned a lot by finally going to their website. I didn’t realize this subscription service was for all ages. Also, I didn’t know they categorized the kits by interest.
For wee ones this would be Discovery and Exploration and Playing and Learning. For ages 5 and up, there is Art, Science, Design, Technology, Art, Geography, Engineering, and Math.
You may have heard of STEM-based learning or STEAM-based learning. This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, A for Art, and Mathematics.
After receiving several crates now, we learned that Kiwi crates combine many of these STEM/STEAM disciplines in their kits.
I really liked they were broken down into such specific age ranges. Even better, I saw there are kits especially for tweens and teens.
Kiwi Crate vs LEGO
When I was on the KiwiCo site, I realized this was the first year we didn’t buy Lego sets for my kids.
I love LEGO bricks and sets and so do my kids; they’ve served us well.
However, to get a challenging kit for them now that they’re older, I need to spend hundreds of dollars. Then the model will have to sit out somewhere — collecting dust — and we just don’t have room for it.
My kids love doing LEGO sets but I just can’t justify the expense for something that will take them several hours (at best) and then it’s done.
These Kiwi crates are fulfilling the same function as the big LEGO sets for us. They give my (older) kids:
Something to build and construct
Opportunity to follow directions
Something fun to do that isn’t electronics
My kids are really into STEM. They are in STEM clubs at school, and my older child takes honors science in middle school.
I was happy thinking I could buy the Kiwi Crates for my kids and they would enjoy putting them together. What was also appealing is that everything would be in the kit. As much as it’s great to browse Pinterest for STEM and other creative ideas, it takes so much time to gather the supplies.
The appeal of the Kiwi subscription is that everything would be there in one box.
I’ll admit there was a big part of me that worried they wouldn’t enjoy them. I thought they would be curious and have the thrill of unboxing the item but then might lose interest.
Still, I didn’t have a gift idea, so I explored the website further.
One of my children asked for an electronic pencil sharpener — he’d talked about it for months. I saw a picture on the KiwiCo site with a child putting together a pencil sharpener! I thought that was really cool that they offered even practical kits as well.
Ordering the Kiwi Crate
I ordered the Tinker Crate for my 12 year old and the Eureka Crate for my 14 year old.
I didn’t want them both to have the same kit. Being my older child is capable and good at following directions — and goodness knows they’ve both been doing LEGO sets for the majority of their lives — I opted for the oldest-age kit which is the Eureka Crate.
They run specials often, and I was happy with the deal and price I was able to get. Sometimes there are special codes, etc.
We received the kits in three days, plenty of time for wrapping and to put under the tree.
Getting the kits
What I liked about Kiwi Co.:
First off, we ordered are kits to be sent to the same address. Both of them fit in a larger box. This box is decorated really nicely. I also appreciated it was the correct size — the perfect fit, really — so that it didn’t waste.
(As an example, a year prior, I ordered three Think Fun coding games from Target online. They sent these three small game boxes to us in two huge boxes — huge as in 20+ of the games could have fit in one box. It was a huge waste of cardboard and of the plastic packaging.)
So, the eco-friendliness shipping box aside, the kits themselves come in fantastic boxes.
What I love about them is they are made with sturdy cardboard. They are perfect for then storing the kits if you want. (If the project fits.) They stack nicely in the closet.
Most toys that my kids used to play with didn’t come with boxes. This meant it was difficult to store. I am a huge fan of boxes!
Each box had a label which said what the kit was. Imagine my surprise when my son’s kit was an electronic pencil sharpener! My younger son’s kit said it was a Paint Spinner. He had one years earlier which he enjoyed, so both seemed like activities my kids would enjoy building and putting together.
What I didn’t like about Kiwi Co.:
One thing though is that even though they asked for both of our kids’ names for them to label the individual crate, on the shipping box, only one child’s name is on it.
So if you order more than one set to the same address, you will want to not wrap the shipping box and present it as a gift. However, because only one box came, I opened it up and saw both of the sets were in that box.
Also, think about if your kids will care whose name is on the shipping box. Mine don’t care.
Giving Kiwi Crate as a gift
Because they were each in their own nice box, I was able to wrap these up easily and put them under the tree.
When they unwrapped them on Christmas Day, they were interested and curious. Again, it’s difficult to surprise older kids, especially tweens and teens. For gifts, they usually get board games, t-shirts, some books, and yes, video games.
They both said they wanted to do their kits over winter break.
I knew they would eventually do them and would want to do them but the fact they came up with the idea on their own, instead of wanting to play a video game or watching Youtube, was surprising.
I purchased a 3-month subscription.
Doing the kits
Both kids enjoyed doing their kits. They took about an hour. The directions were detailed but in an easy-to-follow way, not complicated and cluttered.
What I like is that it teaches kids patience and to follow directions. They learn to take their time and find the pieces they need — just like they did when building their LEGO sets.
We ordered the 3-month subscription and have renewed for another three months. So far, we have enjoyed the subscription for four months. We’ve received four Tinker Crates and four Eureka Crates. This is what we like about them.
Colorful and includes pictures of the pieces they need. These Design Booklets feature what you need to know plus additional information.
As an example, in the Electronic Pencil Sharpener kit, there is more information about the limit switch and about pencil lead.
Just like any well-made game or activity, these kits teach a lot. My kids are learning about mechanics, engineering, math, physics, and more. It’s educational to build the project and then fun to use it or play with it.
Kids build and refine fine motor skills as well.
We don’t homeschool, but I could see how it would be appropriate to use to supplement the school day and many curriculums. There are also extended learning opportunities for further enrichment. (We didn’t pay extra for this; it was included in the crate’s cost.) In addition to the directions for the one project, there are also other projects you can do.
These kits cover several disciplines — engineering, art, math, science, technology as well as geography for some kits.
Children learn to follow directions; to trust the process and learn patience; to sort supplies. Again, all the while they are learning, building, constructing, and having fun.
Good variety of projects
The kits are interesting and haven’t been similar. Sometimes the projects have been more fun to build and sometimes they’ve been more fun to play with. Both are a win!
In the four months we have been receiving these crates, these are the sets they’ve received:
Color-Changing LED Crystal
You also have the option to go to their website and purchase specific kits. As an example, even if you order the Kiwi Crate, you can buy a kit from the Doodle Crate.
Kiwi Co. Eureka Crate and Tinker Crate great for older kids
The kits have been detailed enough to hold older children’s interest. They are great kits for tweens and teens when not many “toys” and “craft kits” excite them.
These STEM kits have kept my kids interested and engaged in the process. They sit down and work until they have completed the kit. It’s something that’s “doable” and not something they view as a chore to do.
What’s also great is they have choices for older kids. Again, as children age, there are less options for them.
KiwiCo has these subscriptions for tweens and teens:
Atlas Crate is up to 11 year olds with a focus on geography and cultures.
Doodle Crate is 9 – 16 year olds with a focus on design and art. More info here.
Tinker Crate is recommended for 9 – 16 year olds and focuses on engineering and science.
Eureka Crate is for 14+ and focuses on engineering and design.
Kids will enjoy constructing and building something they can play with and use.
There’s usually a sale
I like feeling like I “got a good deal” and didn’t pay full price. They offer discounts regularly.
Spend time together
We often play games as a means of connecting in our family. Sitting with my kids when they do their Kiwi Co projects — even if I don’t help them at all — is a nice way to spend time together.
Kids look forward to their kits
We ordered the 3-month subscription for the gift. I told my kids they had to work on and complete the kit before they open the next month’s shipment. And if they didn’t have their kits done before the next month, we wouldn’t renew it for another three months.
So far, they’ve been motivated to do their crates.
Practical and enriching kits
Kids construct projects they can use. We have the pencil sharpener sitting out by our homework area. My son still plays with his spin art kit.
Different categories and ages
Depending on your child’s age and interest, Kiwi has different options.
Convenience and zero stress
There are many people who enjoy pursuing Pinterest for ideas.
When my kids were younger, I enjoyed going to Michaels, JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby to find craft and science kits.
But with working and busy lives, I don’t have time to do this. Plus, there isn’t a sense of urgency to do these projects. However, when they arrive in the mail each month, there is a bit of excitement that makes my kids more interested in it.
I am no longer wasting money and filling up closets and drawers with art supplies and ideas for rainy days.
Comes with everything you need
In addition to coming with all the materials you need, appealing directions and Design Booklets, it comes with that great box to store everything in, and it comes with a notebook.
Some of the projects haven’t fit back into the boxes. However, some are part of the box as in the Spin Art machine which uses the box as part of the design. A double win!
Helps refine fine motor skills
Kids need patience and to take care as they handle wires and small parts. It’s great to build and refine fine motor skills.
You can cancel at any time
If you know how to log onto your KiwiCo account, you can cancel the subscription or change kits or pause your subscription. It’s easy.
I also very much appreciated getting an email reminder that our 3-month subscriptions were coming due to auto-renew. More on this below.
Experience with Kiwi Co customer service
My kids opened their kits four days after Christmas. My older son was excited to do the pencil sharpener in his Eureka Crate. In putting it together, one of the wires broke apart.
It was a Saturday, but I emailed them right away over what I assume was a very busy customer service time for them.
I included our order number, an explanation of the problem, and also included a picture.
In almost exactly 25 hours, on Sunday, a rep wrote back to say they will send out a replacement part right away. They shipped it out Monday, and we received a replacement piece early afternoon on Wednesday.
We haven’t had any other issues.
Automatically renewing Kiwi Co. subscription
We’ve all had times where we agreed to pay for something one time but then see recurring charges on our credit card statements.
This was a concern I had before purchasing KiwiCo.
Would they continue to charge my account?
Not only did I get a confirmation from KiwiCo that my account was scheduled to renew, when I went online, I had options to easily cancel, to change the kits we wanted, or to put the account on hold.
I let them auto-renew. When I later learned I paid full price, I emailed Kiwi to tell them I saw a code for a discount. They credited my credit card for the difference for both kits.
I’m a huge believer in rewarding loyalty. So while I wish KiwiCo would have given me a discount up front as one of their loyal, existing customers, I was happy it was easy for them to honor the sale price when I wrote them.
So the only complaint would be they should have an automatic discount for their ongoing, loyal customers instead of focusing only on the getting new customers.
Kiwi Crate keeps innovating
It seems Kiwi Crate overall is always trying to create the best possible experience for the kids. Each kit we’ve received so far has been of the utmost quality. It’s not cheap or skimping in any way. There is the main kit plus options for children – teens to take the concepts to the next level by doing even more activities.
We’ve never tried one of the kits for younger kids. Kiwi Co’s crates are:
Panda Crate: 0 – 24 months old
Koala Crate: 2 – 4 years old
Kiwi Crate: 5 – 8 years old
Atlas Crate: 6 – 11 years old
Doodle Crate: 9 – 16+ years
Tinker Crate: 9 – 16 years — We love this crate! Perfect for tweens!
Eureka Crate: 14 – 104 years young — Excellent crate for teenagers!
Happy with KiwiCo Eureka Crate and Tinker Crate
While my kids love doing these crates, I love they are learning as they put the kits together. I love seeing how proud they are that they made whatever it is and that it works!
Most of all, in this day of electronics, I’m thrilled to have found something that my kids are interested in.
They are actively engaged in building their kits. All the while, they are learning and having fun.
So to answer the question,
Is KiwiCo worth the money?
We absolutely say Yes! For as long as my older children continue to look forward to their crates and want to build the kits, we will keep subscribing. It’s a unique gift for tweens and teens.
I appreciate I don’t have to research online for these types of STEM kits or look through them online and at hobby and craft stores. My kids have fun doing their crates, and in the end, they have made something they are proud of.
Please note, this is an honest KiwiCo review. We did not receive anything from KiwiCo and chose to write this Kiwi crate review after buying the kits and enjoying them so much. There are affiliate links in this post.
Space Rail Roller Coasters are educational in many ways. Building this coaster teaches physics, engineering, design, and science. All the while, you will strengthen your critical thinking skills.
It will take time and patience to set up. You will want to take the time to read the directions for each step but that is what makes it fun. It’s an educational and challenging set that, depending on the level, takes several hours to complete.
The higher the level, the more difficult the set.
Start with a Level 1 or Level 2 set and let your kids gain mastery over it. It will be doable and enjoyable, and they will learn the basics of setting up Space Rails. These are great sets for parents and children to complete together. SpaceRails
SpaceRail is educational
Your kids may enjoy building with Lego and other types of creative sets. Space Rail is unique and will further introduce STEM concepts. A nice feature of all SpaceRail sets is after you build it, everyone can have fun running the marbles down the tracks.
It’s more than a game in that you don’t take turns playing it. You can consider it more of a model you build and then enjoy playing with. SpaceRail can provide you, your family, and friends hours of learning fun and exhilarating entertainment.
Whether you’re at Level 1 or higher, the SpaceRail game is an exciting activity even prior to playing it. Depending on the level, just assembling a SpaceRail will test your doggedness to construct something as thrilling as the resulting game itself.
SpaceRail can be played individually or with other players, meaning it could be a test for your personal best score or a competitive event with anybody.
The higher the SpaceRail level is, the more difficult it becomes, especially with construction.
Remember that this game is either a deal maker or breaker for you insofar as your rails and tracks are concerned.
Putting these together is no easy task, but the more careful and meticulous you are in doing so, the better the chances of you winning every time.
But it’s not all gaming that SpaceRail has for you.
Building it teaches you some pretty handy stuff, too.
Working your way to each level is one lesson in patience because you can’t just skip levels, unless you want to get frustrated over unstable rails and marble runs that go haywire.
Constructing each level motivates you to do your best with each one, so that’s another lesson learned.
Features of the SpaceRail
All SpaceRail levels have kits that vary in rail and track lengths and number of parts and pieces, depending on the level to be constructed.
All levels have basic pieces for assembly including tracks, marble balls, and the nuts-and-bolts.
The differences are on the degree of difficulty from said length, pieces, and parts.
All SpaceRail levels require varying cell batteries to power up its high lift elevator.
All SpaceRail games have different ascent, see-saw drops, speed runs, descent, loops, etc. depending on the level you want to construct.
Each of the levels comes with an instruction manual.
Choosing SpaceRail Level 1 is a great way to introduce this type of set. You will enjoy spending time with your kids assembling the space rails together.
Let the inner geek in you get out and take a look at features which have made the SpaceRail, at any level, worth your money, time, and effort.
Level 1 should be where you start because of its various components that you need to identify and assembled according to given instructions.
Sold as a kit, Level 1 is the introductory SpaceRail model that is priced affordably.
The instruction manual that comes with Level 1 is a guide on how to assemble the roller coaster and, while it provides a clear game outline, assembly of various parts as well as control and release of the marbles which run through it relies on how the player uses his or her strategy to win.
Recommended for children six years old above, older children who are new to SpaceRail can play this, too.
This one escalates, literally, as it has 120 feet of track.
Think roller coaster meets oil rig, that’s how the assembled Level 7 will look like.
Needless to say, this level has more parts than the last six levels but these are neatly categorized, with each piece identifiable with symbols at both of its ends, a real time saver for this huge structure.
At last, you’re on to Level 9 and while all the features of the first eight levels have now converged in this ultimate SpaceRail game, working on 200 feet of rail length is not a walk in the park.
Still, the sense of achievement has finally come to you with this gigantic roller coaster that you can choose to customize to challenge yourself even more.
How to Play SpaceRail
Playing the SpaceRail Game is easy as pie, regardless of level.
You just drop the marble – or marbles – on top of your assembled level and let it do what it does best: glide and slide through the loops, twists, drops, and turns which you have created.
That’s why the way you construct your particular SpaceRail Game level makes all the difference between playing a good game and playing a great one.
Pros and Cons of the SpaceRail Game
Based on customer reviews, an overwhelming majority of those who purchased a SpaceRail game, regardless of level, have been satisfied with its performance.
This game has also been considered highly educational for children with its challenge for problem-solving, mainly on putting the parts together to ensure that the marbles perform well.
Assembly of the pieces and parts is what makes the SpaceRail game levels fun, notwithstanding the length of time need for completion.
Customers have reported assembling these parts and pieces was an opportune time for families to bond and for friends to get together.
Parent-customers were also glad that this game didn’t require a keyboard, joystick or console.
The singular common “con” was not getting the assembly right which is minor, considering that it is not a manufacturer’s defect, only a frustrated customer’s difficulty to follow instructions.
Some customers reported dissatisfaction with the game level they have purchased but this was mainly because what they bought was the incorrect level for their children’s ages, i.e. Level 3 for a 7-year-old.
What Users Say About SpaceRail
You may purchase it for yourself or receive it as a gift. The Amazon ratings may be varied for the different levels but the common denominator for customer reviews is the uniqueness of the SpaceRail Game, at any level.
Users noted the educational value of the SpaceRail Game presented in a fun and entertaining manner.
Although difficulty in assembly was reported, users also acknowledged that this was normal for levels which advance toward the ultimate goal of reaching Level 9.
Even parents raved about the SpaceRail Game as they ascended to the various levels and enjoyed assembling and playing them as much as their kids did.
Customer reviews found this game exceptional for its value, too.
Should you buy a SpaceRail Game?
If you want an educational game that can teach your child skills like problem-solving, figure classifications, and the like, then a SpaceRail Game is a good buy.
More than anything, this game will encourage a child to be patient and inspire creativity. It will improve building skills, and instill self-esteem upon completion of assembly.
When you play family board games with your kids, you are doing a lot of good. You will never regret this time.
And no matter what their ages, it’s never too late to start playing games as a family.
Starting this habit is fun, educational and will pay off in so many ways.
I grew up playing board games, and it’s still something we do when we get together as adults. Because of this, I started playing games with my daughter when she was three years old.
We began with simple children’s board games, like Hi-Ho Cheerio, Memory Match, and Chutes and Ladders.
Later on, we played different games, such as Don’t Spill the Beans, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Jenga, Junior Monopoly, and Junior Scrabble, and Don’t Break the Ice.
We played card games, like Go Fish, with a regular deck of cards. We played Old Maid and Uno.
As she grew, we played games involving more strategy and skills, including counting money. We played regular Monopoly, Yahtzee, Boggle, and card games, like SET.
Depending on how much time we had, we played quick games or longer games.
No matter how much time we played, it was a way to connect us, more so than sitting in front of the TV together.
When she was a teenager, she would still want to play games with her father and me.
Even more incredible, a few times she wanted us — her parents! — to play a game with her boyfriend or her teen friends.
What teens want to spend time with their parents?!
Playing family games together always gave us something to do as she aged into adulthood. They are also educational.
Playing games has always been a big part of our family.
My younger sons and I have shared these same positive experiences from playing board games together.
And we are all better for it.
Family game night
While the idea behind a structured family game night is awesome, when it’s more of an everyday thing and less of an event, you will do it much more often. Certainly, parents don’t have always have extra hours each week to play games with their kids; however, you can use the time you do have and make it happen.
You can play a quick game of Yahtzee or Connect 4. Or you can start a game that takes longer, and leave it out to play when you have more time.
There are amazing games available.
The best family games and board games are ones that you all want to play.
They should be age appropriate but it is okay for your child to grow into some skills.
Even as an adult — with games I played countless times with my daughter — I learned new strategies playing the same games with my sons years later.
Best family board games for kids
We are most definitely a Game Family. I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing games with my family.
These games below are all great family games. All of them are educational in some way.
Once your kids are older and you start playing more involved games, you can continue to enjoy them for years.
They are still lots of fun even as the kids get older.
We’ve owned or own each of these games and have played them all, many times.
There are a few other board games we didn’t like, and I have excluded them from this post.
I will continue to update this post with some other family favorite games.
This list is what I recommend based on when my kids started playing them. As of this writing, my sons are 11 and 12 years. My daughter is 25.
Games for 3 to 5 year olds
This game involves players turning over a card and moving to the next color that matches the card. It’s great for building on color recognition.
If you are ordering Candy Land online and not buying in the store, you will want to be sure you are buying the one with cards.
Try to get as close to the original as you can.
Some of the game’s remakes have lost what it was that made Candy Land so magical and special to play.
Chutes and Ladders
In addition to counting and moving her playing piece, your child may find herself in the lead, only to slide down to last place.
Like with all games, they will start to learn about winning and losing.
It’s a fun game with all sorts of built-in lessons.
While my kids played this at a young age, we still have fun playing it now, even though they are older.
Connect 4 is a great game for when you don’t have a lot of time.
My kids often make up more advanced rules now that they are tweens.
They still have fun letting all the chips fall through the slots when the game is over.
Don’t Break the Ice
My kids loved this game.
They played with it until they were nine and 10 and would probably still play if I hadn’t (unfortunately) donated it when we moved.
I’ve known parents to pass down, donate, or let their kids sell this game at a garage sale much sooner in order to clear out their closets. I always wished they’d hold on to it longer.
If you let it be accessible to your kids — and not keep it in the back of the closet — they will return to it. It’s a really fun game and believe it or not, there is strategy involved.
It’s just a little bit of a pain to set it up — dozens of times — when kids are younger, and they can’t do it themselves…LOL
Your kids will love it.
Don’t Spill the Beans
This game is always fun, and it helps little ones build their fine motor skills.
In my day, the set came with real beans. Now, they are plastic.
It’s a little flimsier and more likely to tip than it was when I was younger.
However, it’s still a fun and simple game.
If you play games on a table instead of on a rug on the floor, you will want to be sure you have a tablecloth or something other than the bare table.
You will have an easier time catching some of those beans that don’t make it into the holder after it tips.
Hi Ho Cherry-O
This game remains a classic for a reason. Kids learn to spin a spinner and follow directions, counting, taking turns, and fine motor skills.
The best thing about this game is there isn’t strategy involved.
So the youngest child won’t automatically have a disadvantage, like in many other games.
Everyone has an equal chance at winning. It’s a quick game.
You can play multiple rounds so all of your children will hopefully get a chance to win.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
This is an action-packed game. My kids always loved playing.
We had one of the original versions with marbles. Like other games with small pieces, you need to be aware of choking hazards, especially for younger siblings. This is game is the most fun for little ones when you can play on a carpeted floor.
If you have more than one child playing, it may be hard for them to reach the game if it’s in the middle of the table.
My kids had a blast with this quacking ducks game, and we went through a lot of batteries. The ducks circle the pond, and you try to find four ducks that match your color before the other person does.
It is a fast game and helps kids identify colors and sharpen their memory.
Like with all of these games, children are learning cognitive skills, such as problem solving and decision making.
Memory Match game
What’s great about the memory game is the different versions available. Depending on their age, you can get start with an alphabet version or a character they are interested in.
There are so many options.
When my kids were small, they had a Thomas and Friends and Toy Story memory games. When they were older, we bought the Mario Memory game. This is how I learned all the Mario characters! My kids had fun trying to help me remember their names.
Basically, whatever your child’s interest, you may be able to find some version of the memory match game. Once, my aunt gave my kids memory match cards with famous paintings that she bought at a museum.
When my son was 10 years old, we bought him an NFL memory match set.
We still play it a lot. To make it more challenging, we play where we have to find matches for an entire division.
It’s fun to watch how my kids modify and add on to rules to make it more interesting for their age.
It’s a great game to build memory skills. I remember this game being one of the first games in which my kids started consistently winning against me.
Who can remember all of those cards?!
Now they beat me in most games, including Monopoly, CATAN, chess, and RISK.
It’s awesome when I’m trying my best, and they continue to win.
Games for 5 to 7 year olds
You can have your kids play this younger as well.
We own two sets, and the kids use them to build the tallest tower, among other things.
I’m glad to see they are creative with it in addition to playing the intended way.
I bought this for my boys because my younger son played in school. The teacher had multiple sets, and during free play, the kids would compete to see who could get the highest tower.
So while they sometimes are creative with building, if we had more than two sets, they would do this more often. Sort of like with Lego bricks, the more you have, the more you can do.
The fact that they are being creative in this way, makes me love Jenga even more.
How do you play? Set up the tower with three blocks facing one way and on top that, three blocks facing the other way. Continue until you’ve stacked all 54 blocks.
Players take turns removing a block without making the Jenga tower fall down.
This last time I brought my boys’ Jenga sets out, I was surprised to see folded slips of paper in one of the boxes.
My tween boys had made up some additional rules, like “Pick a brick from the bottom half,” and “Use your left hand,” etc.
I didn’t even know they did it! I love to see how they modify and add on to the games as they are getting older.
Junior Monopoly helps introduce the concepts of counting money. It’s a much less involved version than regular Monopoly.
The rules are appropriate for the age range.
What’s great is you will know when they’ve outgrown this version and when to start them on the regular Monopoly.
Once they’ve aged out, you won’t want to regularly play it again, but it’s awesome for what it is.
My son played this at school and had been asking for it. It’s the same classic game you may have grown up with.
It’s fun, and when the kids are old enough, they can play on their own.
Whereas many games involve setting up pieces in advance — especially as kids are playing more involved games — the unique twist to this game is players build the board as part of their turn.
They will have fun rolling the die to see where to move their playing piece (mouse) as they travel the game board.
Depending on what they roll, they might have the chance to build a part of the elaborate mousetrap.
That’s what makes the game fun. And chances are, even if your family plays often, kids will likely get to build different sections and pieces to the game.
Kids and adults will enjoy seeing if the mousetrap catches a mouse, which is one of the player’s. It’s sturdy and fun.
There are two steel marbles so watch for choking hazards and so they don’t get lost. You can replace them with regular marbles but it won’t work as well. You really need the weight to enable the trap.
There are multiple versions but we enjoyed playing the Classic Operation game.
Kids refine fine motor skills as they patiently work to extract body parts without sounding the buzzer.
If you purchase this game, be sure to get something close to the original. It should include real body parts, including the Funny Bone, Wish Bone, Adam’s Apple, Spare Ribs, etc.
Some of the newer versions are much different and not as fun. If you purchase online, buyer beware.
You will want to look for this in a store so you can check out the box and know what you are buying in advance.
My kids loved playing Perfection. It’s great to enhance fine motor skills and the ability to make decisions quickly.
I even had my old Lakeside Superfection game in which you would build cubes in the same timed way you do with Perfection.
Sadly, they don’t make Superfection anymore but Perfection is still fun — just a bit easier as your kids get older. Still, they can have fun modifying the rules so that it remains challenging.
Sorry uses cards instead of dice to move your pawn. This is a great game to start introducing decision-making.
Which of your markers should you move?
It’s still one of our families’ favorite board games. Somehow, it never gets old.
Get the set with the cards, and it will become a game you can play until your kids are teens and beyond.
Tenzi also makes for a great party game. It’s a great game to play over the holidays with family.
It’s a fun and easy game to play when you have a play date or another family over and the kids are different ages.
The rules are simple, and you can make up your own, especially if you don’t get the cards. You can play however long you want — five minutes or however long you have or want to play.
This is a fast game because you can end when the cards run out or whenever you decide.
Also, a bonus…. This game involves everyone the entire game, so no one has to wait for their turn to play.
We had Hasbro’s Trouble Star Wars version but the original is fun as well.
This is one game in which the version really doesn’t matter; it doesn’t alter the game in any way.
It’s perfect to learn counting, and like Sorry, to have to decide which pawn to move. You “roll” the die by pushing down on the plastic dome in the center of the board. The die is inside.
After you press and release it, the die pops up and lands on a number.
Whack a Mole
My kids would have enjoyed playing this when they were younger than six and seven.
However, one of my son’s friends gave this to him for his birthday when he was six. Both boys enjoyed playing for years. It’s a two-player game but sometimes we had Whack a Mole tournaments so three of us could play.
This was also a game my kids enjoyed bringing out when they had a friend over.
Games for ages 7 – 9
We didn’t love the rules to this game so over time, we made up our own games. Sometimes we divide the letters evenly and do our best to use all our letters. Other times, we take 15 letters at a time to make words.
When my boys were younger, we would often work together instead of compete against each other.
I’m happy my kids want to play because it helps them figure out what words they can make with their letters.
I’ve seen them put together blends and diagraphs they know go together, like tr-, sh-, sch-, ck-, fl-, etc., and try to make words.
It builds on skills they learn in school.
It’s definitely a game in which you will see your kids’ progress. They will make more complicated words and find ways to use all their letters in ways they wouldn’t have years earlier.
This is engaging for younger kids and still is fun for my tweens.
It’s a two-player game.
Kids learn to figure out coordinates on their game board and work to find their opponent’s ships first to win.
You can play this game at any age and don’t have to make it a contest to see who can get the most words.
This is really a great game to help teach spelling and reinforce skills. As kids get older, they will still be able to play.
This is a go-to game with my adult family members.
We never owned this game until recently when I asked for it for my birthday. I owned it as a child, and played it with my kids at the library and at their cousin’s house. This game involves strategy and goes quickly.
It’s best for an even number of players (you only need two) but works when three of us play.
You maneuver your pieces (like marbles) to get them all to the other side before your opponents do.
You can move one at a time or figure out strategies to leapfrog over your pieces to progress faster.
Find a set that includes an area to store the game pieces.
I still had my Clue game from when I was a child. Now they have different versions, which is fun too.
To win in Clue, you have to be first to uncover the Suspect, Weapon, and Room. Children will definitely learn skills from trial and error.
They will learn strategies to deduce different ways to get the answer they want.
For example, if they are trying to learn if someone has a suspect, they may learn to ask an opponent a room and a weapon they already have to flush out if the person has the suspect.
LCR – Left Center Right
Don’t make the mistake I did when we first started playing this with my kids.
I thought it would be fun with real coins. It resulted in tears — and my boys weren’t/aren’t criers!
Use the chips it comes with and enjoy this simple game for what it is.
It helps kids learn their left and their right.
Like Hi Ho Cherry-O described above, this game is all about chance.
Everyone has an equal chance to win.
There isn’t skill involved; therefore, younger players will have just as much of a chance as his/her older siblings.
Also a bonus is that it’s a fast game, and it doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s just three dice and some chips that you can store easily in the small tube.
It’s a perfect game to bring on a trip and was something easy to bring to grandma’s house and have her play with them.
Tweens may still enjoy playing this. However, we don’t play it as we have a lot of other games that involve strategy.
Maybe it’s just my family, but we always call this Left Right Center instead of Left Center Right!
Like all classic games for older children, Monopoly is one you can play repeatedly, even as an adult, and work to refine your strategies.
It really teaches the kids the concept of having an income-generating asset vs just saving money to pay rent when you land on other players’ properties.
Between all the versions of (Hasbro’s) Parker Brothers’ Monopoly and all the Late for the Sky’s -Opolis versions, you will have endless choices for fun. My daughter owned Horse-Opoly. One of my son’s has Puppy-Opoly. In addition, we have many other versions, including Kansas City-opoly and Seattle-opoly.
We also own many versions of Monopoly, including Pokemon Monopoly, Star Wars Monopoly, National Parks Monopoly, Monopoly Gamer (not exactly like the original version), among others.
This remains a classic for a reason. Your entire family will enjoy it.
You can think of it as a more involved version of Sorry.
This is a game older boys and girls will enjoy as well.
I have my game from the 70’s and my kids love playing Payday.
It’s a classic game that helps kids learn about paying bills and earning money each month.
It’s really quite realistic and engaging at the same time.
My kids still want to play this game even now that they are tweens.
This remains a family favorite in our house. Talk about keeping the grown ups engaged in a game!
SET is a game in which everyone plays at once; you don’t take turns. You need a flat surface to lay out 12 SET cards.
The goal is to be the find sets before the other player(s). Whoever has the most sets at the end wins.
A set consists of three cards with everything in each of the four categories being the same or different. Players look for color, shape, number of shapes, and pattern inside shape.
In each of these categories, they all have to be the same or all have to be different.
As an example of a SET can be:
The shapes on each card are red
Each card has a different shape
All three cards have the same number of shapes
Each card has the same pattern
It’s amazing how a simple game can at times be so difficult.
It really helps develop and cultivate critical thinking skills in your kids (and in yourself!).
While I’m all for playing games with your kids, this is something they can even play on their own, as one person.
Once kids learn the different combinations of dice, this is a very easy game to play. Yet, there is a lot of strategy to this game that you might miss when you first play.
This is an excellent game for teens as well as younger children.
As your kids get better at understanding the rules and learn the different combinations for the dice, they will learn to figure out the odds of getting the different combinations.
After they roll the dice, they will have to choose what combination to roll for in their next two rolls. After their third and final roll for their turn, they will have to decide where to mark on their sheet.
For example, if after three rolls, your daughter has three fives and two fours, she will need to choose to mark down three fives, or three of a kind, or full house.
Kids will definitely hone their decision-making skills. Throughout the game, they need to add up their dice.
At the end of the game, they add all their points together.
Yahtzee is a great game to teach math concepts, probability, and strategy.
Games for ages 9 – 11
Apples to Apples
My kids started playing this when they were 7 and 8 years old; however, sometimes they didn’t know what some of the words on the cards meant, so I’m putting this in the older age category.
Of course, had we bought Apples to Apples Junior, they would have been fine.
This version is Ages 12+. We were always able to help them by quietly taking them aside to explain the meaning. This was always fun to play in groups or when my kids’ friends came over. Sometimes we play as a family.
We haven’t played it as much recently, but it’s one we do go back to.
It comes with enough different cards so unless you play all the time, you won’t repeat cards.
My kids would have been ready for backgammon when we all learned chess years earlier, but we never had a backgammon board.
It’s fun and a classic. It’s a 2-player game. Kids will make choices on which of their pieces to move to make it to their “home” side before the other player.
I remember my relatives playing together. It just never gets old.
There’s strategy, counting, and it helps kids build critical thinking skills.
Start with the red box, which is the original CATAN. Everyone works on their own to build roads, settlements, and cities with sometimes-abundant and sometimes-scarce resources.
The great thing about this game is that when someone rolls, everyone stands to benefit.
It keeps everyone focused on the game and planning what moves they will want to make on their turn.
After you play regular CATAN for months or (like us) years, you can add on another version. It will really take this already-amazing game to a new level.
We have CATAN Seafarers. Before you buy any of the expansion versions, you need to have the original CATAN in the red box.
Extension versions add more to the game so five or six players can play.
Make sure you know what CATAN you are buying.
Expansion is an add-on themed version.
Extension means you are buying the pieces so five or six players can play (instead of four players).
The Game of LIFE
I’d forgotten all about this game from my childhood. My boys played it at their cousin’s house.
We ended up buying it for them the next Christmas because they kept talking about it. Players spin the spinner and travel in a car as their game piece throughout their life until they reach the end of the board to retirement.
Whoever has the most money wins.
It’s a fun game, but my complaints are the game has the same inflated salaries and payouts that it did when I was a kid.
I wish they’d make it a little bit more realistic. Also, I don’t like how you earn money for each additional child you have. (I’m not sure what that’s supposed to be teaching.)
This game teaches concepts though, and some strategy, taking turns, etc., and my kids always enjoy playing.
They really like the pieces.
So while it’s not one of my favorite family board games, my boys like it, so I play.
I actually had my daughter’s RISK board from the 90’s and played this with my kids when they were 7 and 8 years old, but only because we had it and I thought they were ready.
They were ready; however, we played for short time periods.
Also, I had to very much talk with them about how the game can get heated/stressful when you are losing and how it’s all just for fun.
So, I’ve moved this into the 9 – 11 year old category but my kids and I really enjoyed playing it for years before.
Unless you have hours to play, you will most likely need a place to leave it out so you can come back to it because it’s a long game.
Sometimes, we’ve slid it on a big piece from a cardboard box and put it out of the way until we had time to play again — oftentimes over several days. It is long!
However, it’s fairly simple to learn with not tons of rules like other advanced games.
It’s also ensured my kids know their continents and where each of them are in the world. (Our game board from the 1990’s has North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.)
It’s also fostered subjects such as how countries have been renamed through the ages.
This is a game even teens and adults enjoy.
This is two-player game.
If your kids enjoy battles, this is a great game.
It helps teach numbers (lower numbers beat higher numbers), strategy (where will you hide your flag and what strategy will you use to find your opponent’s flag first) and logic.
This is a game your family will enjoy as your kids become tweens and teens.
My boys would have enjoyed this when they were younger but received it as a gift when they were 9 and 10.
You learn about balance along with other physics concepts. It’s a fast game.
Board games for tweens and teens
Kids of all ages will learn something from playing games.
In this list of best games for teens and tweens, you will see a lot of games that you can start much younger. However, these are fun games that will interest teenagers.
What makes these board games classics is you and your kids will continue to improve your skills. They are open-ended games that will continue to challenge you and your family. This keeps them interesting and fun to play.
Like all of the games listed, these are all great games for girls and boys.
When your kids are tweens and teens, it’s common to spend less hands-on time with them. Between school, homework, and all their activities, when there is downtime, they are likely to be on their electronic devices.
What tween and teen doesn’t resort to going on the iPad, texting a friend from their phone, or playing a game on Xbox? And frankly, parents are usually grateful for the much-needed break.
However, we all know this is a critical time in our kids’ lives. Playing family board games with teens and tweens will help them in so many ways.
It’s an easy way to spend time with your kids, even if you don’t always get them talking. Just having being together, having fun is important.
Even if they are reluctant at first, find some games that capitalize on their strengths.
Are they into strategy and math? Do they excel in reading or spelling? Just have fun with them.
Don’t criticize their moves or over-explain. Let them figure some things out.
Make it stress-free and fun to be with you.
Start off with a quick game and end on a high note so they will look forward to playing the next time.
Many of these games I have listed above with more descriptions.
Apples to Apples
This is fun when your kids have friends over and you want to get them off electronics. You need at least three people to play.
You can play individually or on teams.
This is a two-player game.
You or your tween can even play this on your own. As I mentioned above, we modify the rules according to how much time we have and what we’re in the mood for.
You can play for however long you like. No matter your kid’s age, he or she can even use these tiles or Scrabble tiles to spell out their spelling words.
It will fun when your kids are really old enough to win against you. In the meantime, depending on their skill level, let them use two letter words.
Or make it so you have to form words that are at least four letters to count. As with all games, remember they are still kids — even though they are older.
No one wants to lose all the time.
My sons and I love CATAN. As I mentioned above, what’s great CATAN is no matter who rolls, you can win cards.
This keeps everyone interested at all times.
Even though the original version is fantastic, as your family plays more, the Expansion additions — Seafarers; Cities & Knights; Traders & Barbarians — make it even more interesting.
Be sure to pick out a version that’s appropriate for kids. There are some adult versions.
This has been a fun party game for kids and adults. The more people you have, the more fun it is.
You should have a minimum of three to play but can have fun playing with two.
This is a two-player game. When there are three or four of us, we make a mini chess tournament.
Read my review above. It’s a fun game for tweens.
Remember, the different versions of this board game keep it a classic and interesting.
We recently bought Monopoly National Parks Edition. We are all learning things from it.
Monopoly teaches essential skills about not just living to spend money and pay other people. Make sure your kids play this several times when they are teens so they can really see how in order to win, they need to have income-generating properties.
Like in real life, they can’t just spend, spend, spend and expect to win.
Get some poker chips and a deck of cards, and you are ready to play. I’m stunned my tweens find playing poker so fun.
On a recent vacation meeting up with friends, every time we made the tweens and teens get off electronics, they joyfully returned to playing poker together. You can have a larger set of poker chips or a smaller set.
When we play with the smaller set of about 100 chips, we can easily play for even just 20 minutes until someone runs out of chips.
You will love playing RISK with your teen or tween because while it’s easy to set up, it takes a long time to play.
This will be a game you can enjoy together for many hours, but you can play in whatever time you have available. This game is best played with at least three people. When you have four or more, someone will most likely be eliminated fairly early on.
You want to make sure that person isn’t the teen you are trying to spend time with! If you don’t have hours to play in one sitting, you will just need a means to set the game board aside and leave the pieces intact.
You won’t want to have to recreate the board once you’ve started. This might mean you move it to the side of the table.
Or, if you don’t have room to leave it out, or have little ones or pets that might ruin the board, you may want to slide it onto a sturdy piece of cardboard and put it under the bed or dresser. (It’s worth the trouble because it’s so fun!)
There are many versions of RISK, including Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, and more. We’ve always enjoyed the original.
We don’t own any other editions except for RISK Europe, which we love.
When you think of buying Monopoly in a different version, the game has the same premise, just the characters, cards and board are different.
But you play the same way. With this version of RISK, that’s not the case.
This is a different game than the original. The idea is simple: Take over the world, or in this case, Europe.
However, it definitely has more rules and is more involved. When we bought RISK Europe, my kids were old enough (9 and 11) and interested enough to watch Youtube videos and read the directions themselves, and they taught me to play. Win!
If your tweens or teens love strategy and are learning history in school, this is a great game.
See above for more about SET game. It’s a fast-paced, educational game that adults love too.
Kids and adults love this game.
It’s for two players.
We actually play on my parent’s Stratego game. Be sure if you are purchasing this family game online that you read the reviews and know what you are buying.
You will want to be sure you and your kids can distinguish each piece from the other. In this age of battle games online, this is a great way to capture that spirit in a board game.
Players hide their flag and try to capture their opponent’s flag first.
If you haven’t read above for my description of Yahtzee. Please do so.
You will be amazed at how much your kids’ game-play will evolve playing this game as they get older.
Together, you will be able to talk about probability and the odds of trying for certain dice combinations over others. These games for teens are timeless. It’s likely you and your kids won’t outgrow them.
Play family games with your kids
If you have an extra table or room for one, this is ideal for any game-playing family.
A folding card table is ideal for this. You can start a game and then leave it out.
In some of our houses, this has meant sliding the game board on a big cardboard box cutout and moving it to another part of our house.
Best Engineering Toys for STEM – Today’s world runs on technology, and it’s easy to project that the future world will only be more technology dependent.
In order for those innovations to happen, we need more scientists, researchers, engineers, and developers. However, recent education trends show that fewer kids are choosing to focus on the academic subjects that are most likely to lead to technological innovation.
For this reason, engineering toys and games that are directed toward STEM subjects are essential.
No matter the reason or season — holidays, summer break, weekend fun — this is the perfect time to select STEM toys or engineering toys for your child or grandchild.
Something we look forward to every month is our kids’ Kiwi Crate. Each month, they receive a STEM-inspired box. The fun is in putting the kits together. They also enjoy playing with their creations. Children will have fun creating and discovering. There are different STEM kits depending on the age.
These gift ideas are all fun, thought-provoking and beneficial to their future.
The block-based programming is approachable to even the littlest programmers.
With SPRK+, kids can tell the bot to navigate a maze or play entertaining games.
Because it’s waterproof and shockproof, SPRK+ can go anywhere and do virtually anything without sustaining damage.
The gyroscope, accelerometer and LED lights make every activity interesting.
Kids can connect with other users via the app to create shared projects or find extra inspiration.
Learn engineering with SpaceRail
The absolute best thing about SpaceRail is that there are different levels. Start at Level 1 for a younger child and progress up to SpaceRail Level 9 for your tween and teen.
This is definitely a toy for older children, though younger ones can do it with adult help.
This is a marble roller coaster game that children — sometimes with adult help — put together. They will learn engineering, physics and even patience as they work their way through the instructions.
The reward will come at the end when they can put the marbles on the run — that they built themselves — to test it out. This is an engaging toy and one that doesn’t offer immediate gratification, unlike everything today in our world of “I want it now.”
The child will have to build the toy himself/herself, most likely with some adult guidance.
It’s a great toy to bring the family together.
Even the Level 1 box says it’s for ages 15+ so it’s definitely a challenging toy.
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
These four disciplines are frequently interrelated.
Education in STEM is the key to producing creative, critical thinkers who have the technical skills and knowledge required to keep making strides in these key industries.
Kids who participate in a STEM program are preparing themselves for a future which may include advances in medicine, infrastructure, building more efficient communities and more.
Why is STEM important?
In earlier decades, the U.S. was a world leader when it came to technological innovation.
If you want to buy holiday gifts that the whole family will enjoy, these are all great engineering toys as well as programming and coding toys. In addition, these are perfect to supplement summer learning.
These fun, innovative and smart toys are designed to prepare kids for future challenges in ways that are always fun and accessible.
You’ll love what your children create, and their sense of accomplishment will drive them to even bigger accomplishments.
Read on for a glimpse of the best special needs toys on the market today.
This Monster Toss game is a great toy for children with Down syndrome. Since this condition often leads to difficulty with motor skills, this makes it easy and enjoyable for special needs children to play.
The best part is that special needs toys like this can be customized and adjusted.
This way, they adapt to whatever level of difficulty is appropriate for your child.
You can move the “monster” holes closer or farther away depending on how advanced your child is.
Puzzles are fun at any age. Children with autism are especially likely to enjoy working with puzzles.
Children on the autistic spectrum tend to enjoy working with patterns and systems.
Being able to assemble a puzzle and organize it into the logical sequence it belongs in can be a very pleasant experience for children on the autistic spectrum.
Choosing puzzles based on a theme that your special needs child is interested in will help to hold their interest.
Puzzles that picture geometric shapes or blocks can also be of special interest to autistic children.
Choose pieces with less pieces — the pieces will be larger — for kids who are working to develop their fine motor skills.
They give the child a place to crawl around and feel safe and secure.
These types of activities also provide endless hours of entertainment, thanks to the many colorful balls to play with inside.
Ball pits give children with special needs, especially ones in infancy or toddlers, a sensory place. These pits allow them to crawl around and experience the unique sensation of rolling around in the plastic balls.
They can practice grasping the balls to help boost motor skills. They can also notice the different variations of colors around them.
They are great because kids (and adults!) can follow the directions for a set or they can experience free play as they please.
Children with developed fine motor skills can also benefit from organizing Lego into colors and sizes.
They can build and create while using their imagination.
Larger-sized Lego bricks, called Duplos, can be great for children with special needs.
This is because they are over-sized, and do not have small parts to lose or get hurt with. Building and construction toys are also excellent for building STEM skills.
The Infinite Loop
This toy is a great toy for children with special needs.
This is because it works with the limited movements of children who are affected by muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or any other conditions that relate to motor systems.
The Infinite Loop is also great for children who use a wheelchair. Kids can hold it in their laps.
It helps to improve dexterity of their arms and torso.
Plus, it also aids in concentration as your child works to keep the ball on the track.
Leapfrog Hug & Learn Baby Tad Plush
This Leapfrog toy is an adorable and interactive toy that helps to teach shapes, colors, and more.
It also can play music, including classical music at bedtime.
Though this educational little frog may not be categorized under special needs toys, it is certainly a fun option that many special needs children could enjoy.
Interacting with the toy may bring your child quite a bit of delight.
Fidget tools and toys are now mainstream but were intended for individuals with trouble focusing. Fidget toys, including spinners, cubes and puzzles and more, work to stimulate fine motor skills while keeping kids engaged.
There’s a reason that trading cards have stuck around for so long!
Even with the influx of technology and screens galore, kids are still getting a kick out of good old-fashioned trading cards.
It’s simple, really: playing with trading cards is more than just fun. It also assists in essential areas of development.
These include patience and dedication, organizational abilities, and even social development. On the bright side for you as a parent, trading cards are rather inexpensive.
At just a few dollars for a starter pack and no additional parts or tools needed, trading cards provide a low barrier to entry.
This will help to give you peace of mind as you figure out how much of an interest your child has in this type of toy.
Spacerails and Marble Runs
Similar to a marble run in concept, Spacerails takes it to a new level.
Spacerails is both educational and fun. It is a game that builds creativity, skill, persistence, and more.
Playing with Spacerails consists of building a track that can be utilized to work as a marble roller coaster.
This set will be good for those kids who have good attention to detail.
Most children need help setting this up. After you build it, children with special needs, including autism, may enjoy rolling the marble down the track.
Spacerails can be played on many different levels, from beginner to advanced. This gives your children the opportunity to advance at their own pace.
Plus, they can teach themselves new strategies and problem-solving methods.
Becoming better and better at Spacerails is something that your child can take great pride in. Plus, it’s something that you will enjoy both participating in and watching as you go.
Toys for children with special needs
Does your child with special needs have a favorite toy? Tell us about it below.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the toys we’ve mentioned here and any other special needs toys your family has grown to love.
As our schools fall farther behind the rest of the world, it’s tempting to believe that toys can make a difference.
We take a look at whether or not construction toys actually make kids more likely to want to learn more about subjects in science, math, engineering, and technology.
Great construction toys
Although companies like Legos have been around for decades, the interest in construction toys for cognitive development is pretty new.
It really vaulted into the popular conversation when GoldieBlox launched its viral marketing campaign back in 2013, which featured a video with girls designing a Rube Goldberg machine.
It was the perfect combination at just the right time.
Not only was GoldieBlox a STEM-focused toy, but it was aimed at young girls.
We need more people in STEM in general, but women are significantly underrepresented.
After GoldieBlox, even more companies jumped on the bandwagon. Roominate, which aims to teach kids about mechanical engineering and circuits through building an ‘amusement park,’ also named young girls as its target market.
It’s always fun learning about developmental toys for kids. There are so many options. Best are toys that kids will use in different ways or for years to come, even as they cast aside other toys. Magnetic toys are great. They teach kids about science and let the kids explore in tangible ways.
Magnetic toys are perfect for your budding engineer.