Think!Think! by Hanamaru Lab, intended for children aged six through eight years, features over forty mini-games that teach and hone a variety of development skills including, but not limited to hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, motor planning, logic, and problem-solving.
For example, in the Lucky Balloon (more than one tester’s favorite), the player is present a picture of several balloons with arrows aimed in various directions; the player has to determine which balloon will be spared once the arrows are fired. After responding, the arrows animate and children immediately see, in a very tangible way, whether their predictions were correct. In another game, players have to determine whether flat paper shapes can be used to create a cube. There are three-dimensional mazes, games that ask children to predict if 3D shapes can pass through various shaped openings, and more.
The game graphics are simple, but attractive and they are accompanied by pleasant music that is catchy without being distracting. These features serve to enhance the gaming experience while allowing children to focus on its activities. Players are shown their results after each mini-game; items tracked include scores, personal rank, same-age ranking, and even personal best. In this way, children and parents can track progress on the games many tasks.
An especially favorite feature of the Think!Think! app is that children can play only three mini-games each day; this equates to approximately ten minutes per day. This helps to limit the children’s screen time, but also gives them just enough game play to keep them engaged and wanting more. The app accommodates up to six family profiles. We weren’t at all surprised to learn that parent testers assumed at least one.
Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.