Brain Train from Smart Games

This fantastic single player puzzle game is aimed at pre-schoolers as they become familiar with shapes, colours and problem solving. The puzzle comprises of a three-part locomotive and 9 coloured blocks; some of the blocks are held together with string and some have a different shape on the bottom to the shape on the top, so your child needs to work out which way up it needs to sit and in which order.

Included in the box is a booklet of 48 challenges to work through, starting off with easy puzzles and progressively getting harder as you work your way through the booklet. With a little adult, or older sibling guidance (my seven year old loves helping my three year do the challenges) your child will be able to look at the pictures to work out which order the blocks should fit in to the train, they will also need to make sure that the carriages are always connected by using the blocks with the string where necessary.

The blocks are nicely weighted and they have a lovely tactile feel to them, the train itself is really strong and sturdy and feels very good quality, all of the parts fit neatly back in to the box for storage when you have finished playing. Brain Train is suitable for ages 3+ which is just the right age as my three year old asks to get this out all the time and it is the perfect combination of playing and learning as this will seem to be just a toy to a young child, yet they are learning to recognise shapes and colours, how to problem solve and how to plan. Brain Train retails at £24.99 and is available from the Smart Games Shop.

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