Gifted Children's Resource Guide
Each year since 1990, Mensa has solicited new games from
manufacturers of which five are selected to bear the Mensa Select®
seal. These games are generally challenging and fun to play time after
time. The following winners are eminently suited for families.
SET (Set Enterprises, Inc) is a card game that
requires players to find sets of three cards with each of 4 different
attributes either all the same or all different. This makes a great
family game, as after some practice the kids start doing as well, if
not better than, the adults. It retails for about $12, and we've seen
it at Gamers Paradise and some other stores.
Set Enterprises Inc has a good tutorial to teach the rules and allows you to play daily
but you can also play more often
Rat-a-Tat-Cat (Gamewright, Inc) is a game that
combines a little memory work, some skill, and a small bit of luck.
Rounds are played very quickly, and the rules were clear and easy to
understand. This game is geared more for children than SET, but it is
still fun for the family to play. A video and the rules are available at the
See all the Mensa Select Games on the
American Mensa website.
Fun & Interesting Links
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It's much more fun to watch and interact with physics. Watch what happens when a car hits a wall. Some of the material is available for use on an iPad or iBook.
National Gallery of Art's interactive website gives visitors the
opportunity to create collages, mobiles, paintings, and simple animated
art online. When you've completed your artwork you can compare it with
pieces from the museum's collection. The website has challenges
suitable for artists of all ages.
What happened on the day that you were born? What were the headlines on
your second birthday? Get the highlights (or lowlights) of every day of
the year from the
Engage in the issues by participating in one of the
Koshland Science Museum’s online challenges.
Age in 3 minutes! Test your memory. Share your thoughts and experiences. Learn new skills. Think critically.
Solve problems. Immerse yourself in the science. Participate in a challenge
and you might be featured in the museum and on the museum website!
To jumpstart your brain, try one of the downloadable
Activity Kits from Brain Quest.
There are all sorts of fun experiments you can do yourself for fun.
Float eggs, make glowing water, make a rainbow and more.
Find out what you need and how to do it at
Find a mental challenge among the list of classic
Once you have chosen a question, scroll slowly
down the page until you have reached the final line of the question.
The answers follow the questions immediately, so if you aren't
careful, you will see the answer before you have had the time to think
about how to solve the problem.
If you enjoy math and logic problems, and puzzles, check out
If you would rather create puzzles than solve them, make ten different
puzzles, including word search, number block, and maze puzzles. You can even design puzzles for
yourself to solve. Try a word search puzzle based on your friends and family, or on Mensa.
Mensa For Kids’ “Bright” is the smartest monthly eNewsletter for
kids ages 6-10, brought to you by Mensa for Kids and the Mensa Education & Foundation.
Every issue is full of fun games, puzzles, activities and factoids specially selected to
encourage children to learn, explore and think outside the box. Regular features include
games of logic, math, spatial relations and word usage; science features; activity ideas
and “edutainment” programs; and feature stories courtesy of the
Mensa For Kids website
It’s easy for all your favorite young people to subscribe. Current members can subscribe
American Mensa and nonmembers can visit
Mensa For Kids website and follow the links under “Bright Newsletter” (parental permission
for nonmembers under 13 is required!).
The most current 90 days of issues are available on both sites, and PDFs are also available for
download and printing within each e‑mail issue.
Discover Engineering lists activities and has links to some fun
websites related to engineering and math.
Ever want to create your own game?
Learn to code by moving the Angry Bird to get the Evil Pig and the Zombie to get to
Cross the River using fractions. Or complete the flowers before the petals hit
There are even some puzzles here on our website.
Some free classes for kids so they can explore their interests.
Calculators & Links to Math-related Sites.
Find out the history of calculators and explore the various kinds of
specialized calculators (including links) at
app offers fun coding projects for young kids (5 - 8) on tablets. It enables them to pick objects and backgrounds, and then
program them to move on the screen. They can even draw their own backgrounds or customize the objects.
There are quite a few YouTube videos that show them
how as well as info on the website.
app offers fun coding projects for kids (8 - 16) on tablets. It enables them to create stories, games, and animations.
There are a number of YouTube videos that show them
how as well as info and challenges on the website.
you can make with your kids. From Aerodynamics to Thermodynamics.
Be careful with that
magnetic linear accelerator.
Ten Websites for Gifted Kids
Online Educational Practice Games for Mathematics
from Maryville University
offers fun coding projects (like creating a dance party in "Hour of Code" simply by dragging snippets of code)
at no cost for grades k-12 and beyond.
National Geographic Kids has games, videos, info about animals, weird but true fun facts, science experiments, and more.
NASA Kids' Club provides stories, games, and fun information.
The San Francisco
Exploratorium lists lots of science activities to try.
App Development Tools & Games:
List of websites and apps available to kids, parents, and educators to play and/or learn to create games, code, and develop skills.
MIT App Inventor:
A free, cloud-based tool for building Android apps.
It offers an intuitive programming environment and teaches the basics of computing through a
series of helpful video tutorials.
Kodu Game Lab:
Microsoft’s Kodu allows users with no design or programming skills to create games on a PC
and Xbox with a simple and intuitive visual programming language. The heart of Kodu is the
tile-based programming language. The language is high level in the sense that a lot can be
accomplished in a very few lines of “kode” compared to traditional programming.
The platform has a very
active community, and children share their games with others online. With no hidden fees,
this is a great choice for young ones interested in learning more about game development.
Books & Software
a work in progress. If you have any corrections, additions,
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