Learning Tools for Out-of-the-Box Thinkers

Does your kid think learning tools are boring and dull? Well, out-of-the-box thinking is crucial for school, work, and life in the 21st century. These entertaining apps and games are chock-full of zany activities to push your kids to think outside the box -- and since they're online, you don't have the hassle of putting Legos back in the box. In addition to stretching their vocabularies and STEM knowledge, your kids will develop creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. Once they're ready to apply their out-of-the-box thinking to the real world, they can use these Apps, Games, and Websites for Inventing.

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GAME

Auditorium: The Online Experience

age 8+

Intriguing indie game combines music with puzzle-solving.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2009)
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GAME

Minecraft

age 8+

Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.

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APP

Minecraft

age 8+

Worthy spin-off of popular PC game encourages creativity.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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GAME

Portal 2

age 10+

Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.

Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 (2011)
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GAME

Super Scribblenauts

age 10+

The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi (2010)
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APP

Scribblenauts Remix

age 11+

Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.

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