Here’s a question that parents sometimes ask us: “Why do you recommend math games like the ones you sell on your website?”
First, some background on games – games in general usually are no fun for one of two reasons: you seldom win (it’s too hard) or you win all the time (it’s too easy).
This dynamic explains a big part of why we carry most of the particular games we offer: almost all our games provide lots of levels for playing the game. Most of our games have several dozen challenge cards that are progressively more difficult. This means that in playing these games, players reach their own level of difficulty – where the player has already met some success in the game up to that point, where the level of the game is challenging without being impossible – but at the same time where the level of the game isn’t so easy as to approach boredom.
For example, the game of Rush Hour has 40 challenge cards – ten setups each for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. When I play Rush Hour, I can usually do get through all the Beginner challenge cards and most of the Intermediates (so about to card #18 or so). When I get stuck on about card 18 or 19, my two sons (who grew up playing the game) are laughing at me, saying, “Dad, how can you not see what to do next? We can see it.”
The reason my much younger sons could do the game so much better than me is because when kids are young, their brains are still developing. In the case of these types of math games that we carry, these games actually stimulate brain development and other skills like visual discrimination, problem solving, persistence, creativity, and so forth.