By Thinkfun

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2009

Ducks in a Row

Along the lines of tic-tac-toe, but a bit more involved and quirky, this game works logic and spatial reasoning skills, while it teaches kids to think ahead. Like checkers, players move one square at a time—up and down, side to side, or diagonally. But unlike checkers, the object here is to get four pieces lined up in a row, before your opponent beats you to it! Nice and compact, this one's a natural travel companion. (ThinkFun, $8.99)