The holiday season is here and it is the perfect time to find games and toys that are fun for kids of all ages. It is an ADDED BONUS when those toys and games have an educational element to them, making learning fund and engaging.
Your kids will love this great collection of puzzles and building sets by Smart Games and SmartMax. Each offers uniquely designed toys and games that spark interest in kids, develop skills and build confidence.
Let’s start with games for school-aged kids from Smart Games.
About Smart Games:
For more than 25 years now Smart has been committed to create inspirational & educational toys.
SmartGames are multi-level logic games. Each game has a unique and innovative game mechanic with themes that appeal to both boys and girls. They come in travel, compact and table top editions in plastic or a premium wood range.
At SmartGames we believe Learning through Play is one of the most important concepts in childhood development. Through play children can learn cognitive, social and language skills, and build the self-confidence needed to navigate challenges in life.
But how does SmartGames fit into this process? Why are our games such great solutions for parents and teachers seeking Play & Learn opportunities?
Glad you asked! Let’s take a look at how SmartGames address some of the key tenets of Learning through Play.
All SmartGames draw on various cognitive skills as players solve their challenges. To illustrate this point we actually illustrate the specific most important cognitive skills engaged in each game right on the box.
Cube Puzzler PRO
Can you build a cube from the 6 colourful, ball-shaped puzzle pieces? You most certainly can!
Cube Puzzler PRO allows you to put create 80 different challenges to the test! Cube Puzzler PRO’s case doubles as an attractive tray to play the game. I love that it has bright, bold colors that are easy to identify. The pieces are easy to handle and interlock easily. I also love that it helps with math skills as each colorful piece has a different shape, giving the boys a broader choice of shapes to build and create.
Open the transparent cube to transform it from a storage case into a game board. The game includes a challenge booklet with 80 real 3D-challenges and solutions. Recommended for kids ages 10+ and is available on Amazon.
Cube Puzzler GO
Can you build a cube from the 7 colourful puzzle pieces? You bet you can!
Cube Puzzler GO allows kids to enhance spacial insight, logic and dedication skills to work with this game. The transparent cube doubles as a game board, making it perfect for all of those holiday travel plans you have this season. Long trips? No problem. I love that the game helps provide 80 different challenges and solutions, giving the boys a chance to critically think, use simple logic and technique and genuine intrigue. Cube Puzzler GO is recommended for kids ages 8+ and is available for purchase on Amazon.
Sleeping Beauty Deluxe
Beat the maze, break the spell! Once upon a time…
We have all heard the fable of Sleeping Beauty trapped the dragons tower and awaiting her Prince Charming to come and rescue her. This game is fabulous, as it allows you and your kids to immerse themselves into the story visually and simultaneously enhance their problem-solving skills in a fun way.
Whether you choose to be the noble role of the knight sent to rescue Sleep Beauty, or take on a more heinous role and play the role of the dragon defending his castle, this game will give you and your kids tons of fun with imaginative storytelling through visual play.
Sleeping Beauty includes 60 challenges (30 with the dragon and 30 without). It also features a family friendly picture book with a modern twist on the original story. Recommended for kids ages 3-7 and available for purchase on Amazon.
Be sure to check out all of the fun games and puzzles SmartGames has to offer this holiday season. Some are travel size and make great stocking stuffers.
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Now that we have talked about some options for the bigger kids, let’s talk about some fun and creative play for the little ones. Cube Puzzler PRO offers magnetic and construction toys that are engaging, yet safe for little kids. Here are a couple of our top picks for little ones.
My First Farm Animals
One of the first toys I can remember having myself as a little kid was a barnyard with animals and a farmer. I would spend hours playing with that toy. I loved the sounds the barn door made as you opened and closed it and I loved creating all the sounds the animals made. That is why I love that SmartMax has created engaging farm toys that the next generation of little ones in my family will love and create memories with.
The SmartMax My First Farm Animals set is a great way for kids to learn animal types, sounds and their skills. Each animal is magnetic and clicks together. The pieces are bigger, allowing better grip for smaller hands. With 16 pieces, kids can build a horse, pig cow, sheep, chicken and rooster. The best part is, the parts are completely compatible with other SmartMax kits so that you can expand their collection and fun! My First Farm Animals is recommended for kids ages 1-5 yrs old and is available for purchase on Amazon.
My First Tractor Set
Once you get the farm animals with the SmartMax My First Farm Animals set, you need the farm to put them in. That is why the SmartMax My First Tractor Set is the perfect compliment to that set. It has the same magnetic connection concept and comes with the farmer, some additional horses to corral, fencing and a ride-along tractor to transport your animals.
I love the bright, primary colors that this kit comes in, giving kids the ability to learn colors, shapes with the fencing and wheels of the tractor and fun animals sounds. I also love that it creates the opportunity to story-tell. Imagine creating your own farm, naming it, tending to the animals and even giving them fun names.
My First Tractor Set is recommended for kids ages 1-5 yrs old and is available for purchase on Amazon.
Be sure to check out all of the fun games and puzzles SmartMax has to offer this holiday season. From farming fun to building train tracks, they have something for kids of all ages.
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We have added SmartGames and SmartMax products to our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide