board games for gifts


Kanoodle Gravity from Educational Insights is a great travel strategy game. It’s small stature and built-in storage make it great to take on-the-go. It’s perfect to keep in the car or bring it with you on vacation. My favorite option is stashing in your purse or bag for an electronic tablet alternative in restaurants or waiting rooms!

The Kanoodle Gravity takes puzzle solving into a vertical dimension. Kids can play solo and solve 40 puzzles by following the patterns in the included booklet. Alternatively, players can have epic play battles with friends.

Game Play Benefits

Where it shines is in the patterning and sequencing practice the game provides. Kids have to think through the shape order and the direction of the shapes themselves. It also requires them to pay attention to the pattern image — and then process what they see on the page into functional action. It could trigger frustration tendencies when the shapes don’t align correctly, however, it is an opportunity for caregivers to work through it with coping strategies.

Alternative Uses

Caregivers can layout their own pattern and ask the player to place it into the vertical slots in the same manner. It works on fine motor skills and eye coordination, in addition to following directions. You can add a timing element to see how fast they can follow the order when they master the basic concept and skill first.

However you use it, it is a great game for the entire family and a wonderful therapeutic game for children on the autism spectrum or with related diagnoses. Keep one in the car or at home for immediate fun and function.

About the author

Charlene DeLoach

Charlene DeLoach

Charlene DeLoach is a contributing editor at The Toy Insider where she primarily covers parenting topics. Charlene has been featured in print and on television more than 100 times. Before joining The Toy Insider, Charlene was an attorney, real estate broker, and interior decorator. In her current life, she has vowed to get grownups using toys as decor and to teach parents and toy companies to think outside the toy box at her websites and Follow Charlene on Instagram where you'll see that her account is mostly dedicated to pics of her cute dogs, kids, and fun finds.