DS2 was 6 today, and he got some great new games: They are really thought-provoking. Both of them can be played at a fairly simple level, but rapidly become more complex as you learn different strategies.
This is rather off-topic, but ds's friend recommended a freeware program for animating stick figures, and since we downloaded it ds has made all sorts of funny little animations. It's very appealing and easy to use, so I just thought I'd mention it for similar-minded children! It's here .
It's excellent, roisin. You can get supplementary sets of cards for it- each card gives you a new puzzle to set up and solve. Ds hasn't played with his for a while, but he used to play it for hours, it would always keep him happy and absorbed. Mastermind is his current favourite (the codebreaker, not the TV program!)
Oh yes, we're Mastermind fans too - they got that for Christmas!
I like the sound of Rush Hour. Tantrix is great, because there are puzzles they can solve individually. Dss both, but especially ds1, talk constantly and it does get very wearing. When he played with Tantrix he was silent ... it was bliss!
Dinosaur, I do recommend it, although as roisin says it's a game for one. The Junior version has much simpler puzzles, so it's the cards that are the real difference, but I think both those pictures on roisin's link are Junior! Happy Puzzle is a good place to get these kinds of games, too. Maybe more expensive, but good for browsing. FWIW ds had the non-junior version when he was 6 or 7, and he found it reasonably easy, so I would be inclined to get the proper one, especially since it has all the add-on card packs.
I have several Tantrix sets including the large one and when we lost a tile, they sent a replacement in the post next day! I orginally bought them in Switzerland, but my local toyshop in St Albans has them now. We have the individual sets in little wooden stands!
ds plays at www.tantrix.com as well as in the living room - if he can gets his hands on the game
ds is rated about 12th in the UK at the moment <proud>
sure put the PS2 in it's rightful place as a dust collector
ds also adores the mensa books and puzzles,and logic/pathway solutions, he is also very good with number puzzles.
We (my exboyf and I ) met the inventor .. Mike doing outdoor pursuits skiing and caving/rockclimbing (I used to be that fit) etc - we did not know it was him until a few years later we saw the game. He is a very active "busy" and clever man