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I don't know about you, but my kids have been a little too attached to their electronics lately. It's cold outside, the weather hasn't been great. It gets dark so early in the day… Once my kids have their homework done, the first thing they head to is the X-box, their smartphone or the computer. It was about time to unplug again. The last time I did this I made all of my kids cry when I collected their electronics, but we ended up having a really fun weekend.
Planning another Tech-free weekend was in the back of my mind for a while, but with illnesses, robotics and other activities needing my attention, I kept putting it off. Then a few weeks ago there was an accident or something down the road and our power went out. This forced all of us to unplug. You would have thought the world ended. “What the…” my 13 YO screamed. “My game!” She had been playing Minecraft all. day. long. And she lost part of her world! The travesty! After a few minutes, when everyone realized that the power wasn't coming right back on, the comments started. “There's nothing to do!”, “My phone needs charged.”, “I can't do anything without wifi!”, “I'm bored!”
ThinkFun to the rescue!
I grabbed the box of games I just received in the mail and told the girls to “use their brains” for a while. My girls love math and science and were pretty excited when they saw what was in the box. The girls were so into playing with the games, they didn't stop even when the power came back on.
Skill: Logic and Problem Solving
Age: 8 and Up
Players: 2 Player
- 1 White Sphere
- 12 Blue Spheres
- 12 Gold Spheres
- Game-Go Bag
Available for purchase at Amazon.com for only $9.99!
Stratos Spheres was a big hit with the girls. It is a super easy game to learn and so much fun to play. Similar to that other four-in-a-row game, only a lot more fun, and challenging. The girls actually spent a lot of time playing with Stratos Spheres. Because it's a 2 player game they had to take turns playing. We ended up playing it “tournament style” where the winner of the game got to play the next person. (The only complaint the girls had with Stratos Spheres was the pieces were a little difficult to put together the first couple of times they played. But after a few games it was much easier.)
How to play:
Math Dice Chase
Skill: STEM and Creative Thinking
Age: 8 and Up
Players: 4 to 6
- 2 Blue 12-Sided Dice
- 2 Purple 12-Sided Dice
- Game-Go Bag
Available for purchase at Amazon.com for only $6.99.
Math Dice Chase was a little more complicated to get started, but once the girls actually read the directions and figured out how to play, they were off! When my 8 yo was playing we used addition since she isn't quite as quick with her multiplication tables as her older sisters. It was so much fun watching them call out answers and try to get the dice into the next person's hands. Especially when it seemed like they would be stuck with both pairs!
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