By Gamewright

Reviewed for Third Grade, 2013

Terzetto

Losing your marbles looking for a simple, stylish tabletop game? Here’s an unplugged two-player game that’s great for kids who are into puzzles like Chinese checkers, Tetris or dominoes. Terzetto is all about trios and using your noggin: Instead of dice, you get a shaker, and your mission is to recreate the pattern of the colored balls in the shaker on the board. Just like in Tetris, you have a limited number of positions and ways you can orient the marbles, and it only gets more challenging as the game evolves. No matter what the outcome of each game is, kids are guaranteed to use at least three key mental powers every time they play: visual discrimination, spatial reasoning, and fine-motor skills. (Gamewright, $18.72)