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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.

Dayle Ann Dodds

Dodds uses rhyming and bright, clear illustrations to show how simple shapes can be put together to create new, more complex things like boats and houses. The collage art illustrations help to encourage children to start to see the world around them as a series of shapes. Kids can duplicate what they see in the book, or make their own creations with shapes using construction paper, felt, or other materials…

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…

Kate Banks

Max is out looking for problems to solve! He recruits his brothers, and they head out, using counting, addition, and geometry to solve math problems they encounter. When they make their way to Shapeville, they find that all of the squares have disappeared, so they help the mayor by putting together triangles to create squares. When they find a missing number…

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…

A Mensa Select Award winner, Qwirkle is a great game for little ones up to adults. The object of the game is simple: build lines of tiles that match either by color or by shape. While the rules are simple and easy to explain, it is a good game to build a child’s strategic thinking and use increasingly tricky tactical maneuvers…

This is an absolutely beautiful set of blocks that will build your child’s math skills and provide a great challenge! Pattern cards of increasing difficulty are provided, with the object of this math toy to match the blocks to the design on the card. There are a total of 40 different pattern cards…

Origami is a fun way to work on geometric and spatial reasoning, and even help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This particular kit has easy to follow instructions for the different creations, along with fold marks on the papers for easy folding. It comes with everything you need to create 40 origami animals…

This is a great game to help develop visual perception and spatial reasoning. In Ready, Set, Silhouette children must find silhouette cards to match object cards. The game includes two sets of cards—one with pictures on them and one with silhouettes on them…

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