One Player Strategy Games
We know that kids learn through play and that playing with our kids is vital to their development. We also know that encouraging kids to play with their peers is crucial in teaching social skills, cooperation and empathy. However, knowing how to play by yourself is just as important as being able to play in a group, only it requires a different skill set. One player games teach children to focus, rely on themselves, solve problems and help build self-esteem.
Here is a list of a few excellent one player strategy games that will keep kids engaged, focused on problem-solving and learning, all while having fun. You can click on any of the pictures to learn more about the toy.
Three Little Piggies is an early logic game for preschoolers. The goal of the game is to place the piggies on the board as indicated by the challenge cards and then figure out how to set up the houses so that the piggies either play outside or inside (depending on the card you choose). This game encourages critical thinking, visual perception, spatial reasoning, and attention. Ages 3 and up.
The goal of Color Code is to replicate the challenge cards provided by choosing and stacking the appropriate tiles. The cards vary in levels of difficulty with the easier cards being appropriate for kids as young as 5 years old. This game promotes logical reasoning, visual spatial, and visual perceptual skills.
This game is a sequel to Three Little Piggies and also promotes critical thinking, spatial reasoning, following directions and sustained attention. The goal of the game is to follow the challenge cards to create a path for Little Red Riding Hood to get to grandma's house. Ages 4 and up.
Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run is a dynamic STEM toy with a variety of benefits. The idea is to see how the speed of the marbles change based on how the Trax are arranged. Playing on vertical surface promotes shoulder and wrist stability necessary for writing, and copying the picture designs encourages visual perception,and attention. Ages 5 and up.
Day and Night is a simple first puzzle game for preschoolers. The concept of the game is to stack the wooden pieces so that they replicate the picture designs in the booklet. This game promotes fine motor skills,eye-hand coordination, visual perception, and logical reasoning. Ages 3-5 years old.
Smart Car is a new visual spatial game, requiring kids to follow the challenge cards to build cars with only one set of eyes. Smart Car promotes problem-solving, visual spatial skills, and logical reasoning. Ages 3-8 years old.
If you are looking for a strategy and logic game for an older child (8 and up), I highly recommend this one. The object of the game is to help the red robot jump over obstacles to reach the red spot on the corner. This game gets challenging but is so much fun. It promotes logical reasoning, thinking ahead, and visual spatial skills.
Kanoodle is one of my long time favorite games. The object of the game is to arrange the noodles inside the board so that they all fit (sounds easier than it is). Kanoodle encourages visual perceptual skills, visual spatial skills, and logical reasoning. Ages 7 and up.