Thinkfun: Keepin’ Kids Busy on Road Trips and at Grandma’s + Giveaway

Thinkfun: Keepin' Kids Busy on Road Trips and at Grandma's + GiveawayThinkFun Games is bringing some awesome new games to keep the fun rolling! Whether you will be at home or on the road, we’ve got three games that will keep the kiddos super busy and having fun!

Nothing like hearing the age old screams: ‘I’m bored’ and ‘Are we there yet?’ These games will help you squash those fun little sing song words and keep the kids engaged in things that will actually benefit their little brains!

If you are road tripping, check out our DIY Road Trip Kit then get one of the first two games. to keep the kids busy. My little secret: don’t let them know that you have the games until you reach the ‘are we there yet/I’m bored’ screams. That way, the excitement of a new game will give them a distraction and *hopefully* buy you some peace for a while!

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Dog Crimes

Since we all know My Crafty Zoo has a love for animals, we’ll review this one first. I was excited the most about this one. Dog Crimes has 40 different crimes to solve from beginner level to expert and is rated for ages 8 to adult. We haven’t gotten to break it out yet but I’m excited to do so. Waiting for one of the nieces or nephews to come over! Can’t wait to break it out with a batch of popcorn while I watch them solve the crimes. The game is a 1 player game, so it’s perfect for the younger sibling or only child.

Dog Crimes includes six crafty canines who have been running wild. There are 40 challenge cards (with solutions) to help you find the culprit and bring them to justice! I love the skills that it helps children (and adults) learn. Problem solving and deduction is a very important skill to have and this game certainly helps with those skills. Not to mention they are absolutely adorable little puppies!

Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle

Minecraft is so popular these days with kids. I’ve seen it played but don’t particularly understand the attraction. Of course, I’m sure my parents would have said the same thing about Tetris back in the day! Ahh, Nintendo, how I miss thee!

Anyway….

The Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle is designed for on the go life. Since I’m not super familiar with Minecraft, aside from what I’ve seen on the screen, I’ll share the description from ThinkFun with you:

The ender dragon is trying to prevent you from traveling through the worlds of Minecraft by placing 40 increasingly difficult challenges in your path.

Solve the challenges and advance on your journey, using your most powerful weapon—YOUR BRAIN! In this mind-bending game of deductive reasoning, players use positive and negative visual clues to place magnetic Minecraft weapons and armor on the Crafting Table in the correct arrangement. When your arrangement includes all the Clue Patterns on the Challenge—YOU WIN!

This game is another 1 player game and contains 40 challenges ranging from beginner to expert.

Minecraft Builders & Biomes

This fun Minecraft game is for 2-4 players and will be great when for when the cousins visit or you *finally* get to that family thing you’ve been road tripping to! Designed for ages 10-99, the game takes from 30 to 60 minutes to play, It’s designed to give players an in-person gaming experience.

The game contains 64 resource cubes, 64 building and monster cards, 36 weapon tokens, 4 player boards, 4 experience counters, 4 character skins, 4 game piece bases, 12 overview cards, 1 resource cube base, 1 support structure, and instructions.

Explore the Overworld, face dangerous mobs, and mine resources to build fantastic structures! The world’s bestselling videogame, Minecraft, has been adapted into an easy-to-learn strategy board game perfect for tabletop gamers and Minecraft fans alike. Each turn, players take two of five possible actions: explore the Overworld, mine resources from a block of resource cubes, build structures, collect weapons, or fight mobs like Endermen and Creepers. Build carefully and fight bravely to win!

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Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 12 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

49 thoughts on “Thinkfun: Keepin’ Kids Busy on Road Trips and at Grandma’s + Giveaway

  • May 2, 2020 at 10:52 am
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    Greetings! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the good job!

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    • May 11, 2020 at 9:08 am
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      Hi! Thanks for hollerin’! I’m from Oklahoma so we’re neighbors!

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  • March 16, 2020 at 11:35 pm
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    Saya membutuhkan lebih banyak tulisan seperti ini!! Jangan berhenti menulis ya ^_^

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  • March 16, 2020 at 9:39 pm
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    My son would like the Minecraft puzzle

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  • March 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm
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    I like Dog Crimes because I think dogs are all unique and wonderful.

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  • March 16, 2020 at 3:25 pm
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    I like the Dog Crimes game, it looks like it could be something the whole family could play together.

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  • March 16, 2020 at 3:05 pm
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    I love that they have learning and coding games available.

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  • March 16, 2020 at 12:41 am
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    We play games by asking questions. For example: I see something that moves or I see something blue. We also play the license plates game. They really are fun ways to spend our road trip together!

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  • March 15, 2020 at 6:04 pm
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    I like the minecraft magnetic puzzle, but I’m sure my kid would love anything minecraft related

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  • March 15, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    We bought our granddaughters a DVD player for long trips

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  • March 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
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    I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY DOG CRIMES WITH MY GRANDSON.

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  • March 14, 2020 at 2:04 pm
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    Brian Fitness Solitaire Chess looks very cool.

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  • March 13, 2020 at 9:48 pm
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    My kids are older now they always loved playing The Minecraft Builders so much fun.

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  • March 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    I also like Gravity Maze.

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  • March 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm
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    Dog Crimes would be very fun, and all the other ones look awesome as well!

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  • March 10, 2020 at 12:22 pm
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    We have Zingo! and it is a family favorite. Not only a great game per the rules but the pieces can easily be used to create new games on the fly. Recommended!

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  • March 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm
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    The Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle will be perfect in the car when we have our 2 grandsons with us.

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  • March 8, 2020 at 11:36 pm
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    The game dog crimes looks so cute! I think it could be a very fun game for kids.

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  • March 8, 2020 at 12:45 am
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    Dog Crimes game sounds like a perfect game for my grand kids. They love playing board games

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  • March 7, 2020 at 10:18 pm
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    The Dog Crimes game looks like a lot of fun. I think my oldest granddaughter would really enjoy playing this one.

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  • March 7, 2020 at 10:01 pm
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    There are so many thinking and learning games that I was mesmerized! Learning while playing a great tends to stick with a child! Just like learning the A,B,Cs by singing the song over and over again.
    I liked the Bananagrams game. It is a traveling game. Enjoy!!

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  • March 7, 2020 at 9:37 pm
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    As a teacher of those with Special Needs I like that they have a variety of educational games. Thanks and God bless!

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  • March 7, 2020 at 7:28 pm
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    I think that the Dog Crimes game sounds like a lot of fun.

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  • March 7, 2020 at 1:41 pm
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    Minecraft is one of my grandsons favorite games to play so I know he would love their puzzles as well.

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  • March 6, 2020 at 2:56 pm
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    Dog Crimes would be a fun gift for friends who just got a new puppy.

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  • March 5, 2020 at 8:47 pm
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    So many cool games for all ages, the mystic market looks like something id really enjoy! Love that they have different theme type games ive never seen before and not like your average game

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  • March 5, 2020 at 3:03 pm
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    Think Fun makes a few of our favorites – Zingo and Laser Maze are awesome too!

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  • March 5, 2020 at 10:25 am
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    My kids would love to play Mystic Market

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  • March 4, 2020 at 10:34 pm
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    Dog Crimes is so cute!!

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  • March 4, 2020 at 3:42 pm
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    Went to the Thinkfun website. They have a lot of great games. I like the logic and brain teaser type games. The “Escape The Room: Secret of Dr Gravely’s Retreat” game sounds fun and challenging. Also, like the “Cat Crimes” and “Dog Crimes” games. They sound like fun mystery solving type games.

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  • March 4, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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    UNO Minecraft Card Game would be fun

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  • March 3, 2020 at 9:04 pm
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    I think Dpg Crimes would be fun to play with my grandson when he gets a little bit older!

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  • March 3, 2020 at 8:47 pm
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    I love all the games you have listed!! I also like Gravity Maze® because it can be played by one player.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 7:27 pm
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    I think Dog Crimes would be very appealing to young kids so easier to learn something valuable that they can use later.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm
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    Depending on the length of the trip, we have books, a phone, a portable dvd player and various things to draw on

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  • March 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    We had the roll & play game when my daughter was young & used to have a lot of fun with it

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  • March 3, 2020 at 9:21 am
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    Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle you use your brain to play this game.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 9:03 am
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    I really like the Rush Hour game. It has a lot of different configurations, making it very replayable.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 7:32 am
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    My kids would enjoy this when we travel to the grandparents this summer.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 7:16 am
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    We stay busy with lots of non-electronic activities! We love hiking, reading, baking, etc.

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  • March 3, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Shadows in the Forrest sounds like a fun game to play

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  • March 2, 2020 at 11:42 pm
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    Mystic Market looks like a game my grandkids would love!

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  • March 2, 2020 at 11:07 pm
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    ThinkFun games has many games my children will love and play over and over, instead of playing it once and then it sits in the closet. Their educational games look great!

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  • March 2, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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    The Minecraft Builders and Biomes game is totally up our alley. Minecraft, strategy, teamwork, we are down for it!

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  • March 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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    Dog Crimes looks like fun for the whole family

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  • March 2, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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    These looks like fun games. Great for travel or even for game nights in general

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