There are tons of independent games for kindergarten age kids available and we own (too) many of them. If you are only going to buy one, Zoologic is currently my favorite, though Rush Hour Jr. is a close second. However, each game offers something unique. Here you’ll find links to full reviews of each one discussing the pros and cons that we’ve found.
My 5 and a half year old LOVES these games. The only real complaint is that there are a finite number of challenges for each game. The other problem is that once my son flies through all the ones that are too easy for him, each next puzzle takes enough time that he sometimes starts to get really frustrated. In my opinion, this is actually a benefit. I want him to learn that it’s okay to struggle and it’s even okay to fail for the time being, as long as he knows that if he keeps trying, he’ll eventually get it. This is a hard lesson for a 5 year old, but a valuable one.
Click each game below for a detailed review:
Zoologic by FoxMind (~$25)
Rush Hour Jr. by Think Fun (~$20)
Color Code by SmartGames (~$20)
Camelot Jr. by SmartGames (~$25)