Time to get cozy, sip on some spiced pumpkin coffee, and set up a Blimey Box game for your child!
Our Thanksgiving Free Game is here for you!
Our Thanksgiving Brain Game includes both reading and math enrichment activities. Let’s take a deep dive into some of the skills you’ll find in our free Thanksgiving enrichment game for kids ages 4-6.
Our brain games are best enjoyed using our Blimey Box Game Kit. This kit goes with all our Brain Games and is the physical component to make our learning games hands-on. Kids love manipulating the locks and opening locked boxes and bag.
First of all, who is this game for?
Are you wondering if this game will be good for you and your little one? We designed our enrichment games for kids looking for a challenge as they prepare for kindergarten. However, it's perfect for kindergartners or even first-grade kids who want to review and practice some foundational math and reading skills (and have some fun).
This Halloween brain game covers a variety of reading and math skills (including sudoku and phonics). However, it also develops essential skills such as logical thinking and spatial awareness. Your kids will go crazy for our lockable games!
If you like what you see, remember that each of our Game packs comes with 15 Games. Each pack has 3 Challenges (or levels) and each level has 5 games. The skills build on each other, so you can be sure your child is grasping the necessary skills before moving on to the next level.
At the beginning of each challenge, we give an overview of the math, reading, and other skills covered during the challenge. I have included the Targeted Learning Skills for this Halloween Brain Game as well.
Targeted Learning Skills
The Thanksgiving enrichment game for ages 4-6 covers tons of pre-K and kindergarten skills.
Most tasks usually require kids to practice more than one learning skill (such as counting, spatial awareness, and fine-motor development).
Additionally, not all tasks clearly indicate what the child is supposed to do to solve the problem. This is intentional. We want to teach children problem-solving skills thus we want them to think about how to figure out the problem, not tell them how to do it.
The goal is for children to learn to look at and analyze all the information. They should then make guesses as to what they are supposed to do. These are the leaps that we want our players to make.
Every game has:
- An instructions page
- Lock answers
- Step-by-step directions for setting up the game
- Answer key.
The games are really fast to set up (once you get the hang of it). We even have a video for each game to help walk you through the set-up. (Don’t worry if initially, it takes you a little longer. You’ll be setting up games quickly once your child begins demanding “more boxes!”).
The Key Task is a maze. Children must find the secret message by solving the maze correctly. The secret message asks: "What are you thankful for?" Make sure your child verbally answers the question before you give them the key. It is a fun way to get your child thinking about being thankful.
Now that your child has unlocked the box, they will find the next three tasks inside waiting for them. They will also find a locked bag and a locked treasure chest. They must complete all three tasks in order to unlock the bag to get the final task that will give them the code to unlock the treasure chest.
Task 1 is a math task. This puzzle creates a multi-step problem for kids. First of all, it acts as almost a hidden picture because they must find and count the objects. Next, they have to practice addition when they add the amount of the other object. Once complete, ask your child how they figured it out. It might be interesting to hear how they were able to solve this task.
This task is a simple sudoku puzzle. It requires the child to cut out the pictures and place them in the appropriate spots in the puzzle in order to solve the puzzle and get the key. Cutting out the pieces offers some quick fine-motor skills practice.
The child must then use logical reasoning to place the pictures in the correct parts of the grid so that none of the pictures appear in the same column, row or box. If your child has never been exposed to Sudoku before, this might take some explaining. Eventually, you’ll see your child picks it up quickly.
This task focuses on phonics (beginning word sounds). Early readers need frequent opportunities to identify the beginning letter sounds in words. In this task, children must find the letter that the word starts with.
Once they have the beginning letters for each word, they will have the code to unlock the 5-digit letter lock.
Again, you’re not there to answer simple children’s puzzles. (We’re fairly certain you can do them)! Instead, you’re there to help your child learn problem-solving strategies.
Inside the locked bag is Task 4. This task must be completed in order for the child to unlock the treasure box and get to the end treat.
Task 4 is is a matching puzzle. Kids must find the letter that matches the picture in order to discover the secret code. Once your child solves this last puzzle, he should be able to unlock the bag.
Benefits to Blimey Box Brain Games
Once your child completes all the tasks and unlocks all of the locks, he or she will receive a surprise or reward. This final treat motivates kids to keep going and helps kids to practice perseverance skills. Check out the Game Kit to see the complete experience.
Additionally, as children unlock each lock, they experience small successes which motivates them to keep going. Games usually contain tasks that are easier and some that are more difficult. The easier tasks boost confidence while the more difficult tasks challenge your child’s brain.
Blimey Box Brain games are designed and created by an elementary teacher and an attorney (who loved LSAT puzzles). Games are carefully created to give your child a fun, yet challenging learning experience (that is often addicting). Don’t get mad at us if your child is asking for these almost daily! You will find that your child is begging you to learn!
Go ahead and give it a try!