As a parent, you know how important imaginative and problem-solving play is for your child to learn and develop. You want your children to succeed in life, and this type of play gives them an advantage in school and beyond. Smart Farmer is one of the latest games by Smart Games to help your child learn the basics of reasoning and logic and so much more.
At the center of the Smart Farmer game are cognitive skills that are essential for success. The game features one of most children's favourite things...animals. It gives your child the chance to imagine what farm life is like. They get the chance to make decisions to make life easier for the animals and play 60 different challenges of varying skill level to succeed and feel better about themselves.
The Smart Farmer game opens with the animals in charge of the farm roaming free and mingling together. It's up to your child to set some boundaries and restore order and happiness to their farm. The catch is that there are only three pieces of fencing to corral four different types of animals. Working alone or with a friend or sibling, your child must figure out how to give the cows, pigs, sheep, and horses their own space.
Using problem-solving and spatial awareness, your child slowly figures out how to give each farm animal his own space. Once each animal has its own area, it's time to provide them with access to water. The game pieces are made with bright colours to keep your child's attention. Each piece is large enough for your child to easily grasp it and place it where they want it to go.
The Smart Farmer game comes with a booklet that has 60 different goals to keep the game fresh each time your child plays. If your child gets stuck and can't come up with a solution, the answers are included in the booklet so you can provide them with a hint or guidance.
While playing the Smart Farmer game, you'll see your child's imagination kick in and take the game to the next level. Your child might assign each animal a name and history. They might even use the animals to create plays or build them houses with other playsets. All of this type of play improves their learning and helps them do better in school and life.
This board game has everything your child needs to get started and finish several iterations of the game. The various iterations of the game provide hours of fun for your child and help them build skills that will help them achieve more in life. Here's a look at what's included in the box:
So why should you buy this game and not one of the others on the market? The Smart Farmer game was developed to help your child learn and hone specific skills to help them learn and thrive in life in school, university, and career. The skills are mostly cognitive which is considered a core skills that affect a child's ability to learn, read, focus, and remember.
Smart Farmer encourages the following cognitive skills:
If you have children over the age of five, buy Smart Farmer today to help your child develop essential cognitive skills. The best part? They don't know what they're learning, because, to them, they're just having a good time.
You can purchase Smart Farmer by clicking here.
Since GoldieBlox first came on the market in 2014 as what we believe to be the first little girls toy engineering set in the world. Well! It has been nothing short of a runaway success.
If you have followed our blogs, you will know that our little girl loves the GoldieBlox set. The original one being GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine. Sienna has played with the spinning machine when she turned 4. As a side note, this is the suitable age for most of the GoldieBlox games, 4+.
Back to our story. When Sienna plays with this set, she has hours of fun and even creates a few inventions we are not sure the set was made for :).
The last time she was playing with the set, she was singing “I am an engineer.” We know that Debbie Sterling the founder of GoldieBlox would be very happy about this.
If you are looking for an educational game for your daughter, the GoldieBlox range just might be what you are after. Yes, they now have a range, that is how well this product has been received around the world. As far as educational games go for little girls, this is a wonderful addition.
The range now includes:
1. GoldieBlox and the spinning machine. Which in 2014 won the educational games and People Toy Choice of the Year Award. In this game, Goldie builds a spinning machine to help her little Dog, who is named Nacho chase his tale.
2. The Sequel is the Parade Float. It is a wonderful first addition to the range. In this story, Goldie sets out to help her friend Katinka when she loses a pageant competition. Goldie and Ruby want to help Katinka learn that friends are far more important than any pageant.
3. Next in the line-up is GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank. Goldie Dog Nacho does not like taking baths. In fact, Nacho hates water. So Goldie has created a contraption that will clean Nacho. Goldie, of course, creates a Dunk Tank, I mean what else would you create :). It teaches children about hinges and levers, and also lets Goldie and Nacho get to the carnival on time.
And we are very excited about the new additions in 2015.
4. GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine. This educational game introduces children into the concept of making their own movies. In this story, Goldie and her friends need to create a movie, so the Bloxtown Film Festival is not canceled. Your children will learn how to build zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device.
And for the first time GoldieBlox introduce new characters + pieces. It is also great that all pieces are backward compatible with Goldie Blox sets. The new characters Li Gravity and Valentina Voltz are the first male Latina characters in the range.
This educational game comes with an app, and your children can make their movies. The app was named one of the App Stories Best iPad Apps of 2014.
5. GoldieBlox Zipline Action Figure - This educational game helps girls develop their suspension engineering principles by building Goldie a Zipline to get her soaring.
6. The Builders Survival Kit - As far as educational games go, this one is for the most adventurous innovator. It has 190 pieces and promises hours of fun for your daughter or son. From cars to bands, to dog houses your little one's imagination can run wild.
This one has all of Goldies secret inventions. So whether you have a budding engineer or advanced architect at home they will be occupied. They have the freedom to choose the difficulty of what they create.
This one is suitable for little ones aged 7-12.
At the outset, we spoke about Debbie desire to bring engineering Educational games to little girls. As the GoldieBlox range has grown, this is a toy that is suitable for girls and boys alike.
The educational games teach children spatial skills, creativity, motor skills, basic engineering principles, reading skills, and problem-solving. Last but not least, the most important skill of all in our opinion, confidence.
We are 110% behind this range, and we have been since Debbie first launched. We know your children will love these educational games as much our little ones do.
To see the full GoldieBlox range or all our educational games, simply click here.
In today's article, we are going to look at some of the best and most awarded educational games on the market for all age groups. Toddlers through to tweens, we have something for everyone.
There might even be one or two adults out there who love these games. Not mentioning any names :).
Loved by parents everywhere, this educational game has won over 18 awards internationally.
Next in our educational games list is Squigz made by Fat Brain Toys Company. If you have not heard about Fat Brain Toys, then you are in for a surprise, and you might want to check out our previous blog on their range.
Squigz has just arrived in the Australian toy market, and already demand is very high. This is a wonderful game by Fat Brain Toys. It helps your child learn fine motor skills and construct almost any design out of these little well? “Squigz” shapes. Suitable for 3 years + your children will get hours of fun from this one.
Squiz from Fat Brain Toys is also a multiple award winner, including Best Toys for Kids Award Winner 2013 - ASTRA.
What would a list of educational games be without including a spelling game? And what could be more fun than an alligator that teaches spelling. This little alligator is made by Junior Learning and is called Spelligator.
Awarded the Teachers Choice Award in 2014. This little alligator is great for teaching your child spelling. Also helping your children learn phonemic awareness, letter patterns and positioning. Suitable for 5 years +.
Okay, so if we have language in our educational games list, we must cover maths. And if we cover maths, why not make it fractions. I remember spending a lot of time learning fractions, and this game just makes it fun.
Fraction fortress comes with a stack of pieces that must be put together to form a whole piece. This is a brilliant way for your child to see how fraction works in a physical sense and visually watch them form.
Fraction Fortress is suitable for 6 years +. It is an absolute must get for any child struggling with fractions, or who child who is passionate about numbers.
Now we have not saved the best until last, in our educational games list. But we have saved one of the most successful educational games of all time made by none other than ThinkFun Games.
This one is called Rush Hour, and comes in a deluxe edition and junior edition. Rush hour has been Voted one of Parents' Choice Best 25 Toys of 25 Years! That is impressive.
So let us tell you about the game. Rush Hour is a logic puzzle game. You simply pick a challenge card and set up your grid as the challenge explains. The goal is a simple one of getting your car or ice cream van out of the gridlock in a series of moves.
As the challenges get harder, the traffic gets worse! All the while helping your child develop concentration, logic, and problem-solving skills.
Rush Hour Junior is suitable for 6 years+, and Rush Hour, or Rush Hour Deluxe is suitable for 8 years +.
The wonderful thing about Rush Hour by ThinkFun Games is your child can play by themselves as it is a single player game. Of course parents can also play along :).
This is not a full list of our educational games, but just some ones we wanted to highlight for today. The last one we would like to leave you with is one we are sure will end up being a classic game for generations to come.
This one our daughter loves, and runs around our house singing I am an engineer :). Yes, our daughter sings this.
It is Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine the first engineering toy for girls. This game gathered worldwide attention back in 2013 when it challenged the status quo. They asked an important question; why not make an engineering game for girls.
We agree why not! In this now award winning game, Goldie makes a spinning machine that helps her little friend Nacho the Dog chase his tail. Not long after this machine is built, all her friends want to join in. All the little girls then help Goldie build a belt drive that can spin everyone!
The video below shows just how much fun this game can be. If you like this range as much as we do? You will want to know that they have also just released GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank, as well as GoldieBlox and the Parade Float.
No matter which one of the educational games you choose above, you will be happy. More importantly your children will be happy with them, learning at the same time.
After all, shouldn’t learning be fun? Please let us know if you have questions, or if there is anything you would like us to add to our range?
Our full range of educational games can be found here.
Wow! The new Gravity Maze game by ThinkFun games is amazing. It recently won Astra Best Toy for Kids 2014 Award. It also won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award 2014, the National Parenting Publications Award 2014, and the Major Fun Award 2014.
Yes, the game is that good. We constantly search the world for unique and beneficial toys for children. And we love this one.
The complexity of the game, combined with fun, and the fact there are many ways to solves the Gravity Maze game challenges is a real winner for us.
It is a falling marble logic game; that has different challenges. The goal ultimately is to work your marble through the tower maze.
Every tower is unique with ramps and bridges. You build the maze and towers from the different card directions, and there are many different Gravity Maze options to build, including building your maze.
Included in the Gravity Maze game are 60 challenge cards for beginners to experts. As well as the solutions should you (we) ever get stuck.
When the marble reaches the target tower, you win.
The wonderful thing about the Gravity Maze game is it is unlike anything on the market. This will be one of the hottest games on the market in 2014, and we have already seen a ramp in sales as the word is starting to spread.
It challenges children in so many different ways. Reasoning, visual perception, logic, and patience. The wonderful thing about the Gravity Maze Game is that it so much fun, children will not realize just how wonderful this game is from a development perspective.
ThinkFun makes so many wonderful development toys for kids. We are proud to stock a wide variety of their product, and have a full collection you can also browse.
If you want a new game for Christmas, we would suggest this might be the one for 8 Years +.
One of the other smash hits in Australia from ThinkFun is Rush Hour suitable for 5 Years +.
To see Gravity Maze or the ThinkFun collection just click here.
ThinkFun games, a game where the whole family can have fun and learn.
ThinkFun games, have been created to ignite your mind, in fact, that is the mission of ThinkFun. They specifically build the games, to simplify the ideas of the world's best mathematicians, engineers and inventors.
They take their ideas and turn them into simple toys. They have been around since 1985 and won awards across the world for their games. As you would expect they are a progressive company focused on helping build your child’s cognitive skills, through reasoning and creative thinking.
Some of the awards they have won include Dr. Toy, Parent Gold Choice Award, European Awards, Parenting Toys best 100 products to name a few. Honestly we have to stop listing all the awards; otherwise this blog would be just a list of awards.
They want to ignite your child’s mind through challenging your kids, and helping them sharpen their skills. The games focus on building problem solving in children through play, and develop creative skills.
They are addictive for the whole family and respected globally.
Games for toddlers 18 months +
Hello Sunshine - Is a beautiful game to play hide and seek with your child. Hello Sunshine is a plush toy that you hide with your child. They learn positional words, such as "in" "on" "top" "below."
Move and Groove - Designed to develop movement and motion. It is a game that teaches your child rhythm and music. It helps your little one learn balance, co-ordination and flexibility. No one is too old to play, mum, dad, the whole family.
Roll and Play - Is the first game ever specifically designed for toddlers. With this one, you roll or toss a plush cube around the floor. It lands on one of its coloured sides, and you then choose a matching coloured card and do the action the card shows. Make a happy face, moo like a cow, and just have fun. This game helps your child celebrate achievement and have fun. There is no competing, just playing to enjoy.
Games for children 4 Years +
The Zingo! 1-2-3 game - never too early to learn bingo, only joking, sort off, it is numbers bingo. This game is focused around the development of your child's reading and counting skills. You and your little one match the numbers on tiles revealed by the zing zinger, the 1st player with all the numbers, yells Zingo!. This game supports early learning of math, through counting and math repetition.
Last but not least one of the most-popular games, it Rush Hour is for children 8 Years +. This multiple awards winning game voted Parents Choice, best 25 toys of 25 years. The game is so good it has been placed in schools in America. It helps your child build critical thinking and logical skills.
Rush Hour teaches your child logical progression, problem-solving, and sequential thinking skills.
It is one of the most amazing and fun products, to come on the market in years.
With ThinkFun games, you and your children will be too busy enjoying yourself to realise you are learning at the same time. For our full range please click here.