Oh hi

Most of the trouble I get into is when my daughter is late getting done with swim practice. Â I get bored and start clicking on Twitter links. Â Before I know it, I’m addicted to a new game.

Ian Byrd from @byrdseedgifted tweeted the link for “Oh hi” out a couple of days ago. Â For those of you who enjoy Sudoku, this logic puzzleÂ should be right up your alley. Â For those of you who think Sudoku is evil – you’re welcome.

Oh hi” is browser based, and theÂ game appears to work on any device, which makes it even more wicked.

I have lots of devices.

I’m not going to try to explain the game because the site does a good job with a simple tutorial. Â Basically, you need to getÂ the same amount of blue squares and red squares in every row and column without repeating the pattern. Â However, you can never have more than 2 of the same color adjacent to each other. There are 4 levels: 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and 10×10. I’m still on the 8×8 – mostly because I like the feeling of being somewhat challenged and majorly successful at the same time. Â Frankly, I only got that far because of my daughter’s encouragement ðŸ˜‰

If you’re struggling to find an activityÂ to fill in small time gaps during the last couple of days before Thanksgiving break, this might be a good option!

Duck: Think Outside the Flock

I originally found this on KB Konnected, and made the mistake of trying it out. Â I immediately knew it would make a good Fun Friday post, but I was so engrossed in playing the game that I never got around to writing about it. Â So, here it is, finally. Â What I love/hate about this game is that there are no instructions, and it gets increasingly more difficult. Â It’s great for encouraging logic and problem/solving. Â Duck: Think Outside the Flock is flash-based, so you probably can’t access it on an iOS mobile device unless you try using something like Rover.

Craniatics

Here we are again; it’s Friday, and time for another holiday post on “Gifts for the Gifted”. Â You can see last week’s post here, and it will also give you links to my other recent Friday posts. Â You might also enjoy my Pinterest board of “Games and Toys for Gifted Students”.

I have not had personal experience with Craniatics – yet. Â I was skipping along on the web, looking for new ideas, and ran across the Parents’ Choice Toy Awards. Â As I hunted through the lists, I found an intriguing description of Craniatics, and decided to do a little more research. Â I then found this blog post that gives a very good in-depth review of the game.

Craniatics is packaged in a magnetic box, which makes it a good choice for long car or plane rides. Â As Gabriel Fernandes described, “The included brainteasers are a mix of solitaire logic puzzles and multiplayer games with difficulties ranging from fairly easy to demanding.”

The recommended minimum age for Craniatics is 8. Â My daughter is 10, and I have a feeling this might show up under the tree this year…