By Educational Insights

Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2008

Blokus Trigon

The four-square version of this delightful game has been around for a while now, boosting spatial relation skills and challenging kids and adults alike. In the new Trigon, players compete with triangular shapes on a hexagonal board to fill as much area as possible with one color. Sound simple? It's not! The game is engaging for many ages, but while a bright and intuitive second grader will find it exciting, a fifth grader (not to mention his parents) will be able to notice the juxtaposition of geometrical angles and shapes which also appear in standards-based books that teach geometrical thinking. So whether you choose triangles or squares for your Blokus game, it's definitely a keeper for your family game collection. (Educational Insights, $29.99)