One of my favorite childhood games was Mastermind. Okay, adulthood too – Chris and I still love playing board games. I love the logic, the guessing, and the deductions. And, since it has already been established that Ali is a ~~geek~~ child after my own heart, when I saw that they had a children’s version out, I was so excited to try it with her!

Animal Mastermind Towers is packaged for ages 6 and up, but I like that it IS a bit over her head – she didn’t completely get it right away, but after a couple of games, she understood the concept and loved it.

The basic idea is that you put 4 to 6 animal tiles in your tower, hidden from your opponent. They know WHICH animals you have, but not which order they’re in. Then you take turns asking yes/no, above/below questions such as, “Is your elephant above your pig?”, then use your deductions to form a guess as to the order of their animals.

(Since Ali is younger, I loosened up the definition of acceptable questions and encouraged her to ask things like “Is your pig on the top?”)

(She, of course, tried to loosen the rules even more and asked questions like “Where IS your sheep??”)

Ali has really loved playing (and asks to play every spare moment we have), and has even beaten us a few times, which makes it even more fun for her!

I love how constructive this game is for her reasoning and logic skills, and that it’s stretching her to another level of thinking.

**If you’d like to try out Animal Mastermind Towers with your kids, Pressman Toys has provided one copy for me to give away! Simply leave a comment on the post to be entered to win.**

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Best of luck! This giveaway is open until **Monday, September 13th**. The winner will be randomly selected and posted on my giveaway winners page on Tuesday, September 14th.

*Disclosure: I received a review product for this giveaway from Pressman Toys that I will get to keep after this giveaway. I did not receive any other compensation for this giveaway, and my opinions are always my own.*

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