Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300

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This was a Christmas gift for my 7 year old daughter from my brother-in-law, a physicist. It was one of his favorite toys growing up and according to his mother, he got quite creative with it!

So far, we have mainly followed the included directions (though with occasional “what would happen if we put this here instead?” experimentation) and have found almost all of them clear and straightforward enough for her to follow on her own without adult assistance. Replacing wires with snaps was a brilliant idea- the snaps make the process of building and dismantling circuits extremely simple and easy, which helps reduce frustration (especially for young beginners like my daughter) without dumbing down the circuits themselves. (Some should be plenty sophisticated enough to keep a high schooler’s interest.) So far, her favorite of the 300 different circuits included in the instructions is one that launches a plastic fan into the air like a flying saucer, and mine is the AM radio (yes, it really works!)

I highly recommend this kit for children who enjoy building projects or have an interest in science.

My rating: (4 / 5)

King of Math Junior App Review

King of Math Junior (AppStore Link) King of Math Junior
Developer: Oddrobo Software AB
Rated: 4+4.5
Price: $2.99 Download from the App Store

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King of Math is a great math game, but some of the topics are a little too advanced for elementary school students (especially in the younger grades), so the developers came out with this junior version for younger kids. It has simpler problems and cuter cartoons, but the same variation in question format that I like about the original version.

We have completed the free version, but the full game is still on our wishlist.

My rating: (4 / 5)

Mille Bornes



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A family favorite card game involving an auto race. Players play in teams and have to try to thwart the other team or teams as well as moving their own car along the road. Lots of fun!

My rating: (4 / 5)

Set Card Game



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My sister was the family Set-meister when I was growing up, and anybody else was just a distant second. In fact, she usually managed to beat the rest of us put together! Despite routinely getting my butt whipped, however, I still enjoy this game. It’s not only fun, it’s great for building visual perception skills.

Set is also fairly flexible. We play standard rules with older kids, teens, and adults, and simplified rules with younger kids, such as having to match only one of the four different factors (number, color, shape, and shading). It can also be played solo.

My rating: (4 / 5)

Family Fluxx



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I’ve heard great things about the original Fluxx, but this version specifically for families also gets good reviews and sounds like it might be more appropriate for us, since our kids are still young.

Five Crowns



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Our go-to family card game. Similar to rummy and simple enough to be playable by kids, complex enough to be fun for adults. My parents are on their third deck by now!

My rating: (5 / 5)

Flip Six

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A good family game that’s fun for both kids and adults and helps reinforce basic math skills as well.

My rating: (4 / 5)

Spot It



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Review:

A fast paced card game that builds visual perception and was a huge hit with my daughter in particular. There are several different variations.

My rating: (4 / 5)