LogicCity Jr. is a brand new app from Minds on Play LLC, which is pure fun via logical play. By teaching kids to problem solve and reason by systematically ruling out alternative options, we teach them how to make good choices. Learning to examine facts, rules and the possibilities for creating order; we teach them to be calm and organized when faced with situations when things are out of sync. Although addictively fun, LogicCity Jr. has serious educational chops and works with developing a child’s ability to think and reason independently. Somewhat like Sudoku with an added twist, kids manipulate objects in a grid like space to solve a puzzle. Developed for 7 and older, the sweet spot seems more likely for kids that are upper elementary and above. Kids need to have some degree of self-regulation, persistence, and working memory to hold and practice the rules of the game to finish a puzzle. Younger kids will benefit from interaction by modeling logic and reason to game play.
Puzzlers are scaffolded within LogicCity Jr. and each tower increases the level of difficulty. The first is to move objects from a holding board to the nine squared solution grid to solve a puzzle where all objects in a horizontal row must match color, but vertically must be different. Layout cues are there for hints, and it is up to you…to determine the final solution or layout. The game then progresses to exclusion cues of a no, not this shape, complete with a cross out, a need for a certain color in a block– as colors no longer can match horizontally anymore, or a specified shape to use. Sounds complicated, but it is not. Each puzzler is increasingly more challenging, and I personally blame Minds on Play LLC for keeping me up late, and getting me up early the next morning…so I could personally test this game out too. Finishing the puzzle successfully gives you a Happy Face Grid with a nice celebratory tune on piano. If you should fail, cues to where you might check for possible errors pops up on screen. Layout and illustrations are bright, cheerful, and without visual and auditory clutter. The snippet of piano in celebration really is enough of a reinforcer, especially when you see that you’ve made the grid shapes so happy! There are no timers, buzzers or any kind of negativity with how long it takes to solve a puzzle, and that reinforces tenacity. I would highly recommend this game, for older elementary students on up. It is refreshing to see such a direct and simple game, addressing the process of thought rather than cause and effect type play.
- Practice logic and reasoning skills in a safe game like environment
- Allows for interactions with others to share your thoughts and how you came about a solution
- Promotes independence and risk taking
- Helps build overall attention and attention to detail
- Facilitates checking your work before submission and curbs impulsivity
- Nice for reinforcement play…as playing one level usually takes only a few minutes
- And it is FUN!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.