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What it’s like: Kids journey through four games that tap into such executive-function tasks as working memory, logical reasoning, flexible thinking, attention, and inhibitory control. Games ask kids to repeat sequences, continue patterns, and sort by changing rules as tasks get more challenging.
Price: $4.99
Grades: Pre-k-K
Pros: Thoughtful, well-researched games explore important, but not commonly addressed, cognitive skills.
Cons: Purposeful lack of scaffolding could make play frustrating for some kids.
Bottom line: Effective and engaging way to address foundational cognitive skills; most kids will need adult support.

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Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.