I've written about my toy pickiness previously, so you know I didn't want anything that makes noises or lights up, or is drowning in pink plastic and/or "just for girls". I thought we might bring it out on the plane, so I didn't want a lot of tiny pieces either.
I decided to buy her a puzzle game called Castle Logix which I learned about from Cloud's blog. It's made of sturdy wood, has just a few large-ish pieces, and best of all, helps kids work on their spatial skills, something I am *sorely* lacking.
Once I took a horrific engineering aptitude test which had a bunch of pictures of exploded 3-D shapes and I had to choose what they would look like when assembled. Torture, I tell you. I'm not sure I got a single one correct.
|Castle Logix in action. In Ireland!|
I wasn't sure if T was ready for it, and she knocked my socks off. After a few tries and some coaxing (my girl likes to get things right the first time - something else we need to work on!), she was off and running. She would play with this toy for 45 minutes straight, a major bonus for any parent with a toddler, right?
Three months later, she still likes it, and will work on it by herself at home. She is very methodical about the order in which she does the puzzles, and can do most of the ones in the first two sections of the book. (Starter and Junior levels, I think.)
It's definitely helping her spatial skills - yesterday we made an American flag out of construction paper and I printed out a photo so she could see what it looked like. I asked her to tell me where the blue rectangle went, and where the stars and stripes went, and she could place them correctly on her paper based on the photo. Very cool. I had no idea a 2 year old could do that!
I also love that this toy will grow with her, and be challenging for more than a few months (as long as she doesn't get sick of it!). We do rotate the toys we leave out, so after some time "in hiding" it's new again. Tricky parents!
I love that I found a toy that's educational and fits all my crunchy granola parameters, that T actually likes and plays with. That's no small feat.
Smart Games is the company that makes it, and they have a TON of other logic games like these, at different age ranges, so I can't wait to explore more of them as T gets older. A few are already marked for her wish list!
Have you played with this? What do you think?