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    Shape Shuffle – A new dimension to Tangram puzzles

    Many folks are familiar with tangrams, the ancient Chinese shape/shadow puzzle. They’re good, challenging fun.  Shape Shuffle – A Shape Saga takes that puzzle fun to another dimension (or two?) by adding depth and color to the puzzles. One has a target pattern that needs […]

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    Star Wars Pit Droids – surprisingly educational puzzler

    These pit droids are pretty mindless.  They can only follow instructions via tiles printed on the ground.  It’s your job to steer them in the right direction. Yup – it’s another algorithmic thinking puzzle in the guise of a game!  I had come to think […]

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    Cargo Bot – introduction to algorithmic thinking.

    Cargo Bot is a great little game that has generated some buzz because it was developed entirely on the iPad.  We’ll be looking into that development environment and how it might be useful for a kid to get introduced to programming later on.  For now, […]

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    Scribblenauts – a great creative, problem solving game

    Scribblenauts was originally introduced to us via my brother’s Nintendo DS.  When we saw it out for the iPad, we jumped on it.  Maxwell, the main character, often finds himself in situations where he needs help.  That’s where you come in.  You create objects (by […]

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    Where’s my water – good physics puzzle game from Disney

    The Disney folks have some good apps on the iPhone for kids.  Very kid friendly, but sometimes geared towards some of their brands. This game is different, since it is created around a new character, Swampy the Alligator. Swampy just wants to take a shower, […]

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    Dizzypad – get those reaction times down

    Dizzypad is a guilty pleasure of ours. Very little educational slant I can put on it for Mom.  But the kid jumps around with excitement and tension while playing. The basic version of the game, involves your frog on a spinning lily pad.  Tap the […]

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    Ticket to Ride – great iPad implementation of the board game.

    I have a few board game enthusiasts at work and they were recommending some board games to play with Sal.  At first, I wasn’t into the idea behind Ticket to Ride, but when I was talking to another parent about games with choice versus games […]

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    Battleship; new school vs. old school.

    So we all think it is ridiculous that they are making a movie out of the game Battleship right?  But I guess if it worked for the Transformers, it should work with Battleship. Anyway, suppose you’re completely disheartened by Hasbro’s sell-out and want to relive […]

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    Super 7 – Flight Control fun with a math drilling aspect to it.

    Sal busted me on this one, but I had the last laugh.  When I called him over to show him a new game, he yelled back “Is it going to be a fun one or one that tries to teach me math?”  Guess he’s had […]

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    Cut the Rope – a lot easier to argue the educational merits than Angry Birds.

    Okay – so I’ve tried to say that Angry Birds and its physics engine can be educational, but it was a stretch and I knew it. Cut the Rope, another popular, cute little game has been a lot easier to convince mom of its edutainment […]

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