A Mighty Girl's top picks of logic games to challenge kids of all ages!
There's nothing better for challenging the brain than a good logic game! Whether you're going head to head against another player, or challenging yourself against the puzzles the game has to offer, these games keep players thinking and push their limits. Sure, they're great for teaching logic skills and deductive reasoning, but people play them because it's so much fun! With that in mind, we've put together a selection of our favorite logic games. From long-time favorites (chess anyone?) to unique new options, there's sure to be a game here to keep your Mighty Girl happily playing away for hours.
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Logic Games for Mighty Girls
This deceptively simple game from MindWare gets preschoolers developing their logic and spatial awareness skills as they use 21 well-crafted colorful wooden blocks to replicate fifty designs. Three different levels of difficulty help kids grow comfortable using the pieces in increasingly complex ways. Once they're done the challenges, they can build their very own people, animal and vehicle themed Block Buddies! Full of creative potential, this game will keep kids puzzling for hours.
Build your mental muscles with MightyMind! MightyMind is a set of 32 tile shapes which children use to solve tangram-like puzzles on a series of progressive cards. No reading is required, and children quickly learn to solve complex puzzles on their own. Then, when they're done, they can also use the shapes to create anything they imagine. MightyMind encourages spacial awareness and problem solving — and more importantly, it's tons of fun! Fans of the original can also get additional sets like MightyMind Aquarium Adventure.
Once upon a time... a fairy tale themed puzzle game provided hours of fun! In Little Red Riding Hood from SmartGames, kids lay their puzzle pieces onto the board to create Red's path to the cottage. At first, they just have to get Red there, but as they progress through 48 challenges, they also have to figure out how to out-smart the wolf when he appears. Little Red Riding Hood also includes a family-friendly picture book with a special 'twist' on the original tale.
With this Tangoes Jr. set, kids can take tangram fun on the go! The portable case contains seven shapes and 12 two-sided design cards. Kids use one of two levels of difficulty as they try to copy the design on the card: in the simpler version, the outline of each puzzle piece is included, while the advanced side only shows the shape in silhouette. And since the pieces are magnetic, they stay put, so kids don't have to worry about bumps in the road.
20 chunky, colorful plastic shapes make up the foundation of this intriguing game from Learning Resources. Kids can recreate what's on the challenge cards themselves or, for an additional level of difficulty, describe the card to others to see if they can build the image. It's a great way to practice critical thinking and following verbal instructions, all while having block-building fun! Fans of this game can also get the simpler Mental Blox Jr. for kids aged 4 to 8.
Balance the beans and win — and learn about elementary algebra along the way! With this game from ThinkFun, kids place rows of beans onto the scale, with the goal of balancing it out. Place the red beans to match the challenge on the card and see if you can figure out the solution! As kids progress through the challenges, they'll solve less through trial and error and more through math and reasoning skills. With challenges ranging from Easy to Super Hard, they'll be balancing for hours!
Challenge yourself — or a partner — with this ever-changing puzzle game from Gigamic! In Katamino, you use wooden pieces called pentaminos to create perfect units called pentas. It sounds simple, but the game becomes harder as the number of pentaminos used increases... there are thousands of possible combinations! The game comes with twelve wooden pentaminos and a game board, as well as instructions that include over 500 puzzles to work on.
Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 from MindWare is a unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The big difference between this and other marble runs? You can create marble maze sculptures in the form of animals, geometric shapes or any other design! Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when steel balls travel the various routes. It's a live demonstration of probability, physics and art, all in one. This Big Box set includes 72 cubes in five colors, plus 20 steel marbles.
The game Blokus gets a triangular twist with Blokus: Trigon from Mattel! Your goal is to cover as much of the board as you can; new pieces you lay down must touch another piece of the same color, but only at the corners. With triangular pieces and a hexagonal board, this game for 2 to 4 players is a fun strategy game that's easy enough for kids to learn but provides plenty of challenge for adults, too.
In this unique game from SmartGames, you have to duplicate the multi-colored shapes on the challenge cards. Sound simple? The challenge is doing it by layering see-through tiles with single-color shapes on them! As the patterns get more complex, you'll have to choose how to layer the tiles carefully. This clever puzzle game includes 100 progressive challenges to tease your brain and develop your spatial skills.
Nothing compares to that "a-ha!" moment! With this set of brainteasers from ThinkFun, you can set up 8 challenging brainteaser centers that will get kids thinking. Each brainteaser includes an Object card to let kids know the goal, and three graduated Hint cards they can use if they get stuck. As kids work their way through the challenges, they'll build logic, spatial, and problem-solving skills! This set is perfect for both home and classroom.
In Square Up from MindWare, you and your opponent race to create randomly generated patterns! Shake your cube shaker to reveal the pattern you need to create, then slide the colorful tiles around your 8 by 8 game board to match it. The first player to recreate their pattern within the middle and slap down the board's frame wins! This unique and challenging game will keep both your fingers and your brain moving.
Build wild roller coasters in this combination logic puzzle and engineering game from ThinkFun! Choose a challenge card and set up the pieces specified; then, use the rest of the pieces to create a roller coaster that meets the requirements on the card. While logic is required to complete the track, there's also room for creativity as you figure out how you want your path to go. Forty included challenges start simple and get complicated fast... but the reward is getting to watch your car zoom down the track you built!
Take tangrams to the next level with Shape By Shape from ThinkFun! In this game, in addition to creating a shape, you also fill inthe frame around the shape you make, adding a new level of complexity to a classic style of play. Sixty challenge cards ranging from simple to expert keep the game interesting, and young players will love that the cards and the 14 puzzle pieces all fit in a Game-Go bag for easy transportation. Fans of this game can also check out Brick By Brick for even more puzzling fun.
Five penguins are on a slippery slope in this game from SmartGames! The five pentamino ice floes each have a penguin riding on them. As an added twist, the ice floes can slide — with the penguins aboard. Can you pack the ice so that every puzzle tile can fit on the game board? Can you also make sure that all the penguins are in the right spot? The game comes with 60 challenges to tackle, gradually increasing in difficulty, for a unique gameplay experience kids will love.
You'll have to think sideways, backwards, right, left, up, and down with this game from MindWare! In Logic Links, a series of clues guide the player on where to place colored chips to solve a puzzle. There is one and only one correct answer, so make sure you pay careful attention! 166 puzzles using 32 plastic game chips will give you plenty of challenges to keep your brain busy, building your visual and spatial skills all the way!
In IQ Blox from SmartGames the walls don’t block... they help you find the solution. Fill in the board with the pieces shown in the booklet; the walls will help guide you. Because of the unusual shapes of the pieces, this game rapidly gets more challenging — and with 120 challenges from easy to expert difficulty included, you'll be able to challenge your brain for quite some time with this game! Plus, it comes in a handy travel case, perfect for taking it on the go.
Get beginner players into the game of chess with this teaching game from Winning Moves! The secret? An innovative deck of 56 action cards that shows how a particular chess piece moves. At first, you play using the action cards; once you become comfortable with the moves and powers of each chess piece, you can flip the two-sided board over and play standard chess. For two more fun chess variants, check out Solitaire Chess and All Queens Chess.
Hop the bunnies around the board as you avoid the foxes and get home! In JumpIN' from SmartGames, kids move sliding fox pieces and hopping bunny pieces around the board. The goal is to get the bunnies in their holes, and at first that's easy, but as kids move through 60 challenges, they need increasing numbers of moves in order to win! The good news is that they can always stop and re-trace their steps if they realize they're on the wrong path. With this game's handy lid, this game is perfect for at home or on the go.
Fold-It from ThinkFun is a unique fabric-folding strategy game that's simple to learn but difficult to master! Turn over an order card to reveal the meals you need to "cook," then fold your recipe cloth so that only the items displayed on the card are visible. When you finish the order, grab a fold-it token; make the order wrong, or end up the last to finish an order, and you lose a Star token. Be the last player left with Star tokens and you win! Both basic and advanced order cards are included, so you can play over and over and still face a challenge.
A 3D, gravity-powered logic puzzle in a box! With Gravity Maze from ThinkFun, you stack the translucent towers to create a path for your marble from the starting point to the target. Each challenge card increases in difficulty, forcing you to think creatively about how to get the marble where you want it. With 60 challenge cards and 9 towers, these clever puzzles will provide hours of play!
This game form Mad Cave Birds Games is a colorful alternative to Sudoku! Instead of using numbers to solve the puzzles, Colorku uses brightly colored wooden balls: 81 balls in 9 different colors. The wooden game board includes a storage tray to keep all the bits and pieces together, but it also looks great on display. 104 puzzles cards ranging across five levels of difficulty are included, and the color conversion card allows you to transform numeric Sudoku puzzles into new challenges for Colorku, ensuring hours of colorful puzzle solving.
In this dynamic logic maze game from ThinkFun, you tilt your way to victory! The goal is to get all of the green sliders through the center exit hole in the grid — without letting any of the blue sliders fall through. You'll want to make good use of the gray blockers! To make it trickier, each tilt of the board must allow all of the tokens to slide form one side of the grid to the other! Forty clever challenges of increasing difficulty keep this hands-on play experience fun and challenging, and everything packs in a game-go bag for travel play.
From tangled yarn to a swallowed fish... which cat committed the crime? In this clever game from ThinkFun, you have to figure out which cat was the culprit for forty different cat crimes. Each challenge card provides clues about where the cats were located at the time of the crime, based on paw prints, toy placement, and their relationship to other cats. Figure out where each cat was sitting and you'll have your answer! Forty funny challenge cards, ranging in difficulty from beginning to expert, will keep you puzzling — and laughing!
This two player strategy game is like chess — with lasers! In Laser Chess from ThinkFun, your Deflector pieces have mirrored sides. Players take turns maneuvering them around the board, and at the end of each turn, fire a laser beam; if it strikes the non-mirrored side of a piece, that piece is taken out of play. If you light up your opponent's king, you win! With five different starting board setups, this unique game will provide hours of fun.
In this game from Blue Orange, the goal is green energy! Cultivate your trees to take best advantage of the sun... without blocking out the littlest seedlings from the much-needed light. As your trees move through their life cycle, you'll earn points when they catch the light — but since the sun shifts in the sky, the tree that was in a clearing a few turns ago could be in darkness now, so you'll have to think ahead. This game from two to four players is a supreme test of logic skills.
From ThinkFun, the creators of Laser Maze, comes a new logic game that's all about completing the circuit! Arrange your tokens to create a circuit and light up a Beacon. Sound simple? Each challenge increases in difficulty, as you have to incorporate only certain tokens or work around Blockers. While the logic puzzles are the big appeal, kids will also learn hands-on about how a circuit works! 60 different challenges from easy to expert are included.
Create vivid kaleidoscope patterns in this dazzling logic puzzle from ThinkFun! Your goal is to rotate, flip, and stack a combination of the six transparent Kaleidoscope Tiles to match the patterns shown on the challenge cards. To find the solution, you may have to overlap colored sections, "mixing" the colors to create a new one! Forty challenge cards range from beginning to expert difficulty, providing hours of beautiful color-matching puzzles she'll love.
Flip, twist, and spin Perplexus' transparent sphere to move the ball along the numbered path, working with and against gravity. But be careful — move it the wrong way and your ball will go off course, and you'll have to start over! The Perplexus Epic from Spin Master includes 22 feet of track and 120 barriers to pass in order to complete the maze, making it a can't-put-down challenge.
It'll take some clever thinking to win more "swishes" than your opponent in this spatial card game from ThinkFun! The goal is to stack as few as two, or as many as twelve, of the transparent cards so that every ball matches with a hoop of the same color. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins! Sixty transparent cards provide plenty of fodder for this game, and it also includes rules for several levels of play — plus it all fits in a game-go bag for travel fun.
Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic, but it's really science and a good dose of brain power that's needed to direct the laser beam through this series of mind challenging mazes. In this game from ThinkFun, kids have to place mirrors, splitters, and more in the right places to light up one (or more) targets. Sixty challenge cards gradually grow from beginning to expert level. Your Mighty Girl will love working her way through the hardest mazes — and designing her own!
Help Tippy the dog get back into his doghouse in this game of deductive reasoning from ThinkFun! To unlock his secret doghouse door, Tippy needs to put his toys and food bowls in the proper arrangement. Kids will look at clues about the shape and color of the pieces they need to put into place, and use those hints to figure out where each pieces should go. Forty challenges start easy and build in difficulty! Plus, this game's magnetic pieces and compact manual and game board make it easy to take on the go.
Get your brain working with this traffic jam that you need to untangle! Your goal in this game from ThinkFun is to get the little red car out of the gridlock by maneuvering the cars out of the way. But as more (and bigger) vehicles get involved, that gets tougher and tougher! Forty challenge cards provide puzzles of increasing difficulty for hours of brain-building fun. You can also check out Rush Hour Jr. for a puzzle challenge for kids age 6 to 9, and the two-player version, Rush Hour Shift, which is for age 8 and up.
Hive from Gen42 Games is a board game with a difference: there is no board! Two players build the board by laying their insect tiles down; each insect has its own rules about how it can move. Your goal is to surround your opponent's Queen Bee and capture her! Easy to learn and complex to master, you can even build on this game with expansion packs that add new insects — or pick up Hive Pocket for strategic fun on the go.
Additional Recommended Resources
- For more games to challenge your brain, visit our entire Logic / Spatial Games Collection.
- If you're looking for other themed games for game night, check out our blog posts on our Cooperative Games for Mighty Girls and on Science and Math Games for Mighty Girls.
- And for more games, toys, kits, and more to entertain and educate kids, teens, and adults, visit our Toy Collection.