I have been a big fan of Thinkfun games for as long as I can remember. My very first Thinkfun purchase was Rush Hour, which my then 4-year old son was better at solving than the rest of the family. I still think it is an amazing game for all ages.
Now my sons have grown and so has Thinkfun. They have created many games, all of which are fun and spark young (and old) minds. And they are keeping up with the times by adding STEM learning into new games.
New Thinkfun Games for Tweens
Compose Yourself allows anybody, age 6 and up, including adults, to compose songs without previous experience. “Invented by world-famous composer and cellist Philip Sheppard, Compose Yourself combines musical cards and an exclusive website into a multi-sensory experience that has anyone creating, playing and sharing a world-class composition in minutes.” After you create a song, the website will allow you to hear your composition played by an orchestra, download an mp3, print music and share with friends and social networks. This is a great game to inspire creativity, self confidence and the love of music.
Code Master is a board game that makes learning the basics of programming fun without a computer. As your Avatar game piece moves along the board, you must use programming knowledge to navigate the map. Only one sequence of actions will get you to where you need to go. “Playing Code Master won’t just teach you principles behind programming, you’ll also build planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills.” Age 8+
As I mentioned above, I think that Rush Hour was one of the best games ever made. If you have never played it, it is a one player game, where you have to move cars and trucks around in a way that your car will be able to get through. In a brilliant move, Thinkfun has created a 2-player version of this classic game. This game now adds a time component because you have to get your car through before your opponent does. Great logic game that helps spacial and problem solving skills. Ages 8+
These are great kits to build and learn about engineering. There are a Gears, Propellers and Winches set.
- In the Gears set, you can make a race car, a cable car, a three-wheeler, a motorcycle or use your imagination to build something all your own.
- In the Propeller set, you can make a chopper, a biplane, a windmill and a plane or use your imagination to build something all your own.
- In the Winches set, you can make a tow truck, a jeep, a well and a crane or use your imagination to build something all your own.
Each Thinkfun Maker Studio has 10 Engineering challenges that encourage exploration and problem solving. It also support skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and stimulates imagination and creativity. Ages 7+