Conventional wisdom suggests that time spent playing games is time wasted. Not so fast, say many parenting experts and researchers. Video games and interactive toys teach kids problem solving, strategic thinking, and set a strong foundation for team building. It’s no secret that children become disinterested in a matter of minutes and that toy you searched for up and down the aisle for will get 10 minutes of play time on Christmas day only to soon become a distant memory inside the toy box.

Kids need toys that challenge them to think and hold their interest. Lucky for you, I’ve found 12 games and toys best for gifted children. They are truly smart toys for smart kids!


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