As a fifth grade student, Logic Puzzles were not an assignment for me. They were pure fun – well – as long as I was able to solve them.
Over the last year or so, I began looking for some logic puzzles that would work for my children, Andrew-13, Aaron-11, Eden-6, Thomas-3 (ok – not really for Thomas). While these puzzles do help with critical thinking, my goal was a fun activity I could enjoy with my children. And even better, I wanted to do them during the summertime. This way, what seemed like just a fun activity would in fact keep them thinking throughout these months off of school without realizing they were thinking. You catch what I’m saying?
I’ve come across plenty of logic puzzle books in my day, but I wanted something that would work for multiple ages who were all beginners at the puzzles and for a mother/teacher who needed a refresher course. Clearly, it needed to be something that didn’t begin too complicated but also didn’t seem babyish.
In comes Grids for Kids.
Several things attracted my attention, but there were two things that stood out to me immediately.
- The puzzles were divided up specifically into several groups. Instead of one big group of a bunch of puzzles, level one was subdivided into 5 groups. They were split up based on the type of clues given, such as all negative, all positive, a mix, etc. This brings us to – tutorials.
- The tutorial sections are clear as can be! They brought mom a refresher course and clear instructions for Aaron and Andrew. With a refresher course for each level, 1-5, I was able to teach my six year-old daughter, Eden, how to work them too. By the time we were done, she was able to work about half a level five puzzle with no assistance at all. She only needed help when it came to using newly discovered answers to decode the statements even further.
The one problem we ran into with the level one puzzles is that the kids had so much fun that they went through two and a half levels in one sitting. Fortunately, I wanted to get to book two quickly, so that was ok. Sitting at the kitchen table and watching my children go to town – TOGETHER – was such a time of joy for me. So my problem wasn’t really a problem after all.
The clues are clear, and every puzzle was solvable. Checking the answer sheets, we were pretty proud of ourselves!
Starting out this week, we attempted to dive into level 2 of Grids for Kids. The amount of thought that the Fultons put into the organization of these puzzles amazes me! Level 2 begins to look at ordering of information. For example, the person driving the yellow car arrived at the meeting before the doctor and after the pharmacist. My 6 year-old met her match on these, but happily worked them with help. Proudly, the 11 year-old announced he could still do them all by himself.
What I realized through Grids for Kids is that I was given logic puzzles with little direction and a sink or swim attitude in class as a child. Clearly, the Fultons have thought long and hard on how to organize these logic puzzles in a way that makes sense and how to helpfully explain exactly what you are to do to complete the puzzle. Being set up for success is the best way to learn something new and enjoy it!
Currently there are three levels of Grids for Kids. Our family is on level 2. Believe it or not, the cost to download each book of puzzles, tutorials, and answers is on sale this summer for only $3.00 (normally $3.99). And, you can purchase 30 additional on-level puzzles for $1.50 (normally $1.99). You do have permission to copy the book as many times as needed for use in your immediate family.
Because each book of puzzles is a download, I’d like to share with you how we put our binders together. I placed the tutorial and answer sections into the back in expandable, sealable sheet protectors so they could be pulled in and out as necessary.
Then I used sheet protectors in the front of the binder and put 2 puzzles in each – front to back.
We used dry erase markers to complete the puzzles, and then we erased them, allowing us to use the puzzles over and over again with different children.
The cover you download conveniently fits in the front see-through page of the binder so you know exactly what you are looking at when you pull it off the shelf.
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With these supplies, you could make your own binder to hold your Grids for Kids logic fun!