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Review: Smart Cookies

Here is another great critical thinking game. We got Smart Cookies with our 1st grade curriculum. Our daughter absolutely loves this game. She has said that it is her favorite game and that it is super fun. The game comes with a manual/challenge book, the game board and 9 different pieces that come in 3 different colors and shapes. The object of the game is to put all 9 different pieces on the board in the correct spots by using the clues given in the challenge book. Each challenge has the clues numbered 1-9 (except for towards the end). some of the earlier challenges you can do the clues in any order. while other challenges it is better to do the clues in the correct number order.

This is another single player game but sometimes our daughter will ask us to play with her. When she wants us to play then we take turns doing the clues. We do not make it a win or lose game but rather a fun way to build team working skills. Since our daughter is pretty creative she has made up a little game where she pretends to cook the cookies and then feeds them to her stuffed animals. When she first started this she was bypassing the challenges in the book. So, I came up with a great idea. I told her if she does not do the challenges 1st the cookies taste yucky and her stuffed animals will not eat them.

Like with other critical thinking games we have this manual starts off super easy and gets progressively harder as you go through the challenges. The extremely hard challenges in the back of the book are even hard for some adults. There are 8 levels in the manual to go through and 54 challenges in all. The game is intended for 6 years old and up. However, our daughter started doing this game when she was 4. This game has many positives to it. First off your child gets to use and gain some critical thinking skills. Second, it is super fun for kids because what child does not like cookies. Third, the game can be played with just one player. So, if you need to teach another child, get some housework done, cook or tend to a baby, etc. your student can be playing a fun game while gaining some logic skills.

Since we have enjoyed Smart Cookies so much I would highly recommend it. If you have read some of our previous reviews then you know we love things that work on critical thinking and logic skills. I feel those are super important skills to learn early on. Due to playing such engaging games like Smart Cookies are daughter is quite proficient in both skills. 


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