14 STEM Games To Enhance Your Child’s Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

14 STEM Games To Enhance Your Child’s Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

1. Rollercoaster Challenge Game

This thrilling engineering encounter sees players solve the challenges by creating their very own mini roller coasters. The player starts by choosing a challenge card and setting up the pieces to match. Then using the remaining pieces the player builds a working roller coaster track that meets the criteria on their challenge card. The game comes with 40 challenges cards, categorized into four levels ranging from easy to super hard.

Each challenge requires logical thinking to solve the puzzle but also encourages creativity in the form of a free-form building. Once you have solved the challenge the player gets to check their engineering handy work and watch a roller coaster carriage glide down the track, complete with dips, Curves, and loop-the-loops! roller coaster challenge is an educational, single-player game suitable for ages 6 years and over.

Thinkfun – Rollercoaster Challenge Game

2. Laser Maze

Beat the laser maze and ignite the rockets and your mind! Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic and juniors will love the challenge to see if they can use science and logic to reflect the laser beam to illuminate the rockets. With 40 different challenge cards to test young minds this science logic maze is a tricky job for any young scientist but with a little brain power they’ll be sure to light up the two rockets on the launch pads! First select a challenge card, ranging from Easy to Super Hard, and slide it into the grid.

Place the rockets and any tokens on the grid as indicated on the challenge card such as the purple mirrors, green splitter beam or black rocks. The challenge card also indicates which other tokens must be used to complete the task.

Thinkfun – Laser Maze

3. Circuit Maze

Ignite your logic and sequential reasoning skills with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange the tokens to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored Beacons. These clever circuit-building puzzles provide a boost of brainpower and a wonderful introduction to electrical engineering. With 60 challenges ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, this logic game will provide engineers of all levels with hours of electrifying fun. Suitable for ages 8 years and up.

Thinkfun – Circuit Maze

4. Balance Beans

Going up and down on a Seesaw is a lot of fun and with the Balance Beans logic game, you’ll certainly be entertained trying to keep your Beans balanced! Carefully placing the colourful Beans on the seesaw to keep it from teetering is great fun but this game also enhances your logic skills and when you finally balance the seesaw you are actually balancing an equation too! This single player Bean-filled logic game comes with 40 Challenge Cards ranging from Easy to Super Hard, to ensure that it is a test for even the most logically minded person!

Each Challenge Card also carries the solution on the reverse but without looking at the card you will know you have won the challenge when the seesaw is balanced! Balance Beans, a game suitable for ages 5 and over, is a great fun puzzle but underlying the play is a fundamental principle of physics. The further out a weight is from the centre of the balance the more downward force it exerts onto the seesaw. This allows parents to work together with their children to solve Balance Beans challenges using Maths, algebra to be precise!

Thinkfun – Balance Beans

5. Lunar Landing

Help! you’re on a mission to a distant moon, but you’ve become stranded outside your mothership. Use your logic skills and the aid of five loyal Helper Bots to find a way back to the ship’s emergency entry port at the centre of the landing grid – or you’ll be stranded in space forever! there are 40 taxing challenges set to put your logical thinking to the test. Start with the beginner challenges before moving onto intermediate, advanced and expert tasks.

Can you work out the correct sequence of moves required to ensure the shuttle safe returns to the emergency entry port? Originally released in 2000 under the title lunar Lockout, this new version is part of Think Fun all Star logic games collection. Created by the inventors of rush hour, lunar landing is one of the greatest logic puzzles of all time. This innovative, fun, single-player logic game is suitable for players 8 years and over.

Thinkfun Lunar Landing – Logic Game

6. Stratos Sphere

Take four-in-a-row to a whole new dimension with Stratos Spheres! Stratos Spheres loses the 2-D board and lets you build the game – and your logic skills – as you go. To start, add one of your colored spheres to the white neutral sphere and pass it to your opponent. Your opponent then adds a sphere of his/her color. This 2-player game goes back and forth until one player gets four of his/her spheres in a row – in any dimension. With its 3-D construction, Stratos Spheres takes a classic play pattern and adds a dynamic new level of strategy and fun!

Thinkfun Stratos Sphere – Logic Game

7. Rush Hour

It will take more than a little-skilled driving to get the red car out of this traffic jam – it will take brainpower. In Rush Hour, a sliding block logic game, you have to battle the gridlock as you slide the blocking vehicles out of the way for the red car to exit. With 40 all-new challenges, ranging in difficulty, players can progress at their own speed. As one of the best logic games of all time, Rush Hour is a must for every household.

Think Fun – Rush Hour

8. Rush Hour Junior

Rush Hour Jr. is the junior version of the world famous Rush Hour game, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Just like the classic Rush Hour logic game, you shift blocking cars and trucks out of your way to clear a path to the exit. The 40 leveled brainteaser challenges are a fun way to build problem-solving skills. Rush Hour Jr. is an ideal logic game for younger ages but still plenty of fun for an adult brain!

Think Fun Rush Hour Junior

9. Chocolate Fix

Using the clues, fill the tray with all nine chocolate pieces in their correct positions. Similar to Sudoku, in Chocolate Fix you must examine all clues on the challenge card before making a move. You will feel your confidence build as you narrow the possibilities to complete each challenge in this fun logic game.

Think Fun – Chocolate Fix

10. Solitaire Chess

You don’t have to know chess to be a master of this addictive logic game! The rules in Solitaire Chess are simple. First set up the chess pieces on the board according to instructions from one of the 60 challenge cards. Then proceed to capture and eliminate all but one piece using only moves allowed in traditional chess. You must capture a piece with every move, so this logic game is fast-paced and always exciting!

Think Fun Solitaire Chess

11. Zingo

In this fast-paced, energetic variant of Bingo, kids get a kick out of pulling the Zinger forward to reveal two mystery tiles, and then try to be the first to call out the tiles that match the images on their cards. The first player to fill his or her card wins by yelling “Zingo.” Two levels of play add zing to the competition. 4 years & up. Zingo is a simple Bingo-style game, with a fancy plastic tile dispenser that kids just LOVE! Everyone who knows Zingo loves it, kids and parents alike. To play, players try to fill their Zingo! cards with matching tiles from the Zingo Zinger. The first player to fill his/her card wins! Rules can be adjusted to favor more or less competition among players, and to vary the length of time that each game takes to play.

Think Fun – Zingo

12. Colour Cube Sudoku

Flip & rearrange all 9 Color Cubes on the 3 x 3 tray until each colour appears once in every row and column. It will take more than a couple flips of a cube to master this brilliant Sudoku puzzle. Once you’ve conquered the traditional Sudoku pattern, give your brain a real workout with our fun Bonus Challenges!

Colour Cube Sudoku

13. Swish

ThinkFun’s First Transparent Card Game Swish is a spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes.” Swishes are made by stacking as few as two or as many as 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins. Various levels of play make this card game addictively fun for all ages!

Thinkfun – Swish

14. Hoppers

Hoppers is a great frog jumping game! Created by Nob Yoshigahara, Hoppers is based on the classic peg solitaire game, “The Great Thirteen”.  To play, set up the board according to one of the challenge cards, then use your thinking skills to find the right sequence to remove all the frogs except the red one.  Frogs move from lily pad to lily pad only in the direction indicated by the inscribed lines on the play tray. When a frog is jumped over, remove it from the pond. The challenge is solved when only the RED frog remains.

Now get hopping.  Hoppers has 40 challenge cards ranging from beginner to expert – grow your skills ’til you’re an expert. In no time at all, you’ll be the smartest frog in the pond! This whimsical design makes Hoppers an ideal travel game as the play tray top slides back to reveal a storage compartment for the cards and frogs. Hoppers can be enjoyed by people of all levels of ability and experience, keeping children and adults entertained for hours.

Thinkfun – Hoppers

 

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