Parents·Posted on Dec 18, 201435 Holiday Gifts That Will Secretly Challenge Kids' MindsToys and games to make them think and learn stuff.by Morgan ShanahanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed 1. Big Ball of Whacks creativewhack.com Bend your kiddo's brain and give their creativity a work out with this three dimensional puzzle for all ages. 2. Plywood Playing Cards marblesthebrainstore.com They can master solitaire or take their house of cards design to a new level with these wooden build-able playing cards. 3. Tummple thegrommet.com This building game requires balance and strategy to emerge victorious. It's like Jenga on mental steroids. 4. Fidget Widget marblesthebrainstore.com The fidget widget is great for kiddos still working on dexterity and fine motor skills. Also cool for grown-ups looking for something to do with restless texting fingers. 5. DaVinci's Catapult marblesthebrainstore.com Help your kiddos harness their inner DaVinci with this working model of his 15th century catapult. The kit even comes with the perfect ammunition — remarkable brainbows — scientific spitballs that won't leave a mark. 6. Inside3 insidezecube.com These cubed mazes for the mind will keep brains stimulated for hours. Discontinue use when smoke starts coming out their ears. 7. Kyro 5 marblesthebrainstore.com Kyro 5 is a strategy game of five-in-a-row that hones spatial reasoning skills. 8. Staxis mindware.com OK, this looks insanely fun. Plus it encourages calculated risk-taking. 9. DIY Board Games marblesthebrainstore.com Kiddos (or families) get to create the game boards before diving into a good old-fashioned game night. 10. Stormy Seas marblesthebrainstore.com For your littlest brainiacs, Stormy Seas looks like a toy but is actually an exercise in basic physics concepts. 11. Free Play Magnatab store.metmuseum.org Magnatab improves fine motor skills and encourages creativity. It also makes a satisfying sound. 12. Touchy Feely marblesthebrainstore.com Strengthen your sense of touch with this blind grab-bag game. Pick a card, and then attempt to find the item pictured while discovering how difficult it really is to rely on tactile perception alone. 13. Suspend amazon.com Hand/eye coordination is forced into overdrive when you take the balance challenge of Suspend. 14. Iota gamewright.com Iota gets harder as the game goes on, requiring critical thinking and challenging spatial relations skills. 15. Squigz fatbraintoys.com Squigz defy gravity and allow kiddos to build anything anywhere, setting imaginations free. 16. Colorfall marblesthebrainstore.com Colorfall combines dominoes and design — pick a card, set up the dominoes, and watch the colors fall to reveal a pattern or image. 17. Magformers magformers.com These magnetic construction pieces "always connect, never reject" making the building possibilities literally endless. 18. Tegu Blocks tegu.com Also making use of magnets, Tegu blocks come in a variety of colors, and inspire little minds and fingers to build new worlds. 19. Puzzlebox Modern Art marblesthebrainstore.com This 130 cube puzzle featuring modern art greats is actually six puzzles in one. 20. Perplexus fatbraintoys.com You will want to steal this addictive game from your kids. Comes ready to challenge focus, concentration, motor skills, hand-eye coordination, reasoning, and spatial thinking. 21. The Geek Box marblesthebrainstore.com Let your older kiddos try their hand at building these mini mind benders. 22. Spirograph (The Original) store.metmuseum.org You had a spirograph. You loved your spirograph. You didn't even know you were working with mathematical concepts. 23. The complete children should know series. store.metmuseum.org Introduce your children to art concepts of all kinds with the Children Should Know series. 24. Shell Game marblesthebrainstore.com Take their memory and reasoning skills for a ride with the timeless Shell Game. 25. Amaze 11main.com Got a maze lover on your hands? Keep them guessing with this maze that changes as you play! 26. The Book of Impossible Objects amazon.com These twenty-five magical activities (that are really science) will blow your kid's mind. 27. Gravity Maze marblesthebrainstore.com Sixty challenges to give your frontal cortex a work out. Grow your skills from beginning to advanced as you master this maze/marble run mash up. 28. Marbleworks amazon.com This one's just a straight up marble run, with endless hours of nostalgic fun included. 29. On The Dot marblesthebrainstore.com Hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills are invited to join the party when kids play On The Dot. 30. X-Cube marblesthebrainstore.com Boasting over 2 quadrillion times more permutations than the original Rubix Cube, the X-Cube will put even the best puzzler in their place. 31. Mental Blox amazon.com An awesome tactile brain-booster for little ones, Mental Blox combines 3D blocks and patterned cards to create a game of strategic thinking and skill. 32. Whoa-Bots Ninjas raspberrykids.com Kiddos can create complex stacked formations with these innovative little figures. 33. Kanoodle Genius amazon.com Over two hundred entertaining 2D and 3D puzzles are packed into this portable box. Great for solo play. 34. Osmo marblesthebrainstore.com Physical play meets virtual play in this coordination and creativity boosting activity. 35. smArt Puzzles marblesthebrainstore.com This ain't their mama's jigsaw puzzle. smArt Puzzles are made up of square cards that need to be twisted and shifted to create familiar works for art.