Puzzles & Games

Age Level

5-7 8-10 11-13 14-18 18+

ThinkFun Games

ThinkFun specializes in games that offer both fun and STEM development to engage kids and families in learning 21st century thinking skills and solving puzzles. Check out these games that were a hit with visitors at the 2017 National Math Festival!

  • Rush Hour: In Rush Hour, a sliding block logic game, you have to battle the gridlock as you slide the blocking vehicles out of the way for the red car to exit. This perennial favorite board game is also available to play for free online or as a mobile app.
  • Chocolate Fix: This deductive logic game for ages 8+ gives clues that will help you to fill the tray with all nine chocolate pieces in their correct positions. Similar to Sudoku, you must examine all clues on the challenge card before making a move. You can also play online for free.
  • Balance Beans: This bean-filled logic game is a fun way to introduce young learners to elementary algebra, via a game of card-based challenges using beans balanced on a seesaw. When you balance the Seesaw, you are actually balancing an equation! As the challenges get harder, you’ll rely less on trial and error – and more on math and reasoning skills.
  • ShapeOmetry: ShapeOmetry aims to develop spatial, abstract and quantitative reasoning skills. To solve the puzzle challenges, stack green pieces on top of blue pieces, or vice versa, to create identical shapes. Through hands-on play, players build key skills, strategies and mathematical understandings, such as part-to-whole relationships.
  • Math DiceMath Dice Jr. and Math Dice are an easy-to-learn, skill based game where players use dice rolls to form math equations to get as close to a target number as possible. It can be played competitively or cooperatively, as well as online!