Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Critical-Thinking Learning Games

A year ago I attended a conference sponsored by the Kansas Gifted, Talented, and Creative organization.  At the conference there were vendors selling all kinds of critical-thinking learning games.  I also met some wonderful gifted facilitators who offered some great recommendations about which games to purchase.  I was able to purchase several games and I wanted to share those with you.  My academically talented students love them!

Rush Hour by ThinkFun

40 Different Traffic Jams, Hours of Fun. Rush Hour pits players against gridlock as they slide cars and trucks out of their way to clear a path for the red car. Four levels of difficulty allow each player to progress at his or her own pace.

We also have Rush Hour, Jr., Rush Hour Safari, and Rush Hour Railroad.  If you have iPods in your classroom there is also an application for Rush Hour in iTunes.

Shape by Shape by ThinkFun

Shape by Shape introduces puzzle solving in a fun, challenging way by encouraging players to match red and yellow tiles to the images on one of 60 challenge cards.

and . . . Square by Square by ThinkFun
Square by Square is very similar to Shape by Shape. 

This is not an advertisement for ThinkFun and they have no knowledge of this post!  My students really love each of these activities.  They would be great to put in a center or to have in your classroom for your high-ability students.  Check back and I will be sharing other critical-thinking learning games in the future!


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