Board games are a fantastic way to spend time with the kids, and they provide a certain style of learning and problem solving that video games don’t always present well. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some cool looking upcoming board games for kids that are due out later this year.
Jenga Tetris – This one is for kids ages 6 and up, and should come out near the end of this summer. Mix classic Jenga wooden block tower gameplay with the different shapes from classic video game, Tetris, and you have a new take on an old classic. Kids will have fun pulling the colorful blocks from the precarious tower, while their parents will dig the possibility of a beloved Tetris piece or two in the mix.
Laser Maze will retail for $29.99 and is for kids ages eight and up. It teaches them all about lights and mirrors, while making them solve increasingly tough puzzles. The game comes with sixty card challenges to help us all think just a bit more sharply, while still having a great time.
Mental Blox, from Learning Resources, sells for $19.99, and gets kids ages five and up working on spatial/visual skills. The game challenges them to recreate the block structures they find on the pattern cards. Older kids can pick a card, then describe what it looks like or how to build it to another player, adding an even more interesting level of difficulty.
Shelby’s Snack Shack Game, for kids ages four and up, will run parents $21.99, stars an adorable pug (which is a win right there) who needs help collecting bones. Kids get to spin one of the two (!) spinners to see what they get to do with the bones (get one, return one, steal one), and the winner is the kiddo who gets the most. Working on numbers and fine-motor skills was never this much fun!