Like Letter Muncher, Three Things started out as a "real" game in a "real" classroom. And also like Letter Muncher, Three Things is therefore a snap to replicate and extend at home or school.

Simply choose several everyday items around you, things that you'd like your child to learn about or that she's shown interest in, such as writing tools like crayons and markers, toy vehicles, stuffed animals, or colored balls. Draw a four-block grid on a piece of paper or (if you want to use larger items) poster board. Choose one item to serve as an exemplar, place it in the game area, and give your child a related direction. For example, if you choose a toy dog, ask your child to "Find three things that are dogs."

Three Things gameOf course you don't need to confine your requests to mere labels. A great way to extend Three Things is to focus on an attribute, such as "Find three things that have fur," or "Find three things that can bounce," or "Find three things that have more than two wheels."

And to make the game even more challenging, ask for more than one attribute at a time. Complex directions -- such as "Find three things that are blue that you can write with," or "Find three things that we use in the kitchen that are made of metal" -- require complex thinking and problem solving, skills that are important in all areas of life and learning.

Click here to download a full-color, printable version of the Three Things game board (or click here for one in black and white) for use in either introducing the mobile app version of Three Things or to extend the learning after children are comfortable playing it on their own on the tablet or smartphone. Children can also use stickers or draw pictures to create their own "rule" for a Three Things game of their choosing. Write out your game's corresponding sentence, color in a background, and voila! A great piece of fridge art!