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Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

This puzzle, which includes ten tiles, challenges you to connect the tiles in order to build loops of different shapes and colors. With many different solutions, Tantrix can provide hours of experimentation and creativity…

Cheryl Bardoe

Sophie Germain demonstrated not only a love of math, but fierce determination in her quest to study it, eventually becoming the first woman to win a grand prize from the Academy of Sciences. As a girl, her parents took away her candles to keep her from studying math, and since women were not allowed to attend universities, she secretly obtained notes from math classes and completed work under a male pen name… but no matter what, nothing stopped Sophie…

In this logic and spatial reasoning game, you must tackle the challenge cards to get the marble through the maze. There are 60 challenges in total, ranging from beginner level to expert; also included are a game grid, nine towers, one target piece, and three marbles. The toy not only builds logic and reasoning skills, but also planning skills as children take on each challenge…

IQ Fit is a great way to challenge kids while building spatial reasoning skills and flexible thinking. The object is to rotate the colored pieces to fit on the board and match the challenge shown in the accompanying booklet. With 120 different puzzles, ranging from easy to expert level, this toy is great for kids of many ages. Making it even trickier is that each piece is three-dimensional and can be used in different ways…

Laura Overdeck

This book from the founder of Bedtime Math (www.bedtimemath.org) answers math questions covering a multitude of topics. It is quite helpful that the questions are organized by general topics: animals, nature, food, everyday life, Earth and space, and mental math. Some questions answered include: the number of bees needed to make a jar of honey, how fast the fastest growing tree on Earth actually grows…

Cindy Neuschwander

Lady Di of Ameter, Sir Cumference, and Reginald Parton, the Earl of Fracton are all enjoying the Fracton Faire. Here at the faire, one can buy all of just part of a good being sold. In this way, the book explains numerators and denominators, equal parts, and equivalent fractions…

These easy to use manipulatives simplify algebraic concepts for kids. You use the balance along with various game pieces to represent and then solve algebraic equations. Using the balance helps reinforce kids’ understanding of the equals sign meaning “same as”, as well as helps them understand what they are doing on paper to “balance” the equations and solve for the variable…

In Blokus, players take turns placing their pieces on the board (in red, blue, green, and yellow), but each piece must touch another of the same color, only at the corners. Players must try to place as many of their own pieces on the board as possible while also strategically blocking their opponents…

With hundreds of different challenges of increasing difficulty, Katamino offers brain teasers for all ages. It is a bit like Tetris in that you are tasked with finding ways to fit the shapes together and cover the board, but instead of using tetronimoes (shapes made of four blocks), you use pentominoes (shapes made with five blocks). The high quality wood game helps kids understand basic geometric concepts…

This suspenseful card game helps to teach both addition skills and strategy, and is fun to play for children and adults alike. The object of Rat-a-Tat Cat is to get the lowest score by trying to get rid of the rat cards (high) and go for the cat cards (low). Players are dealt four cards face down, but you can take an initial peek at two of the cards…

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