Add this one to your short list of easy, affordable birthday gifts for school age kids: Smart Games City Maze by SmartGames. Introduced at the 2014 Toy Fair, this game provides single-player entertainment for kids ages 7 and up, in a neatly sized package (great for traveling or other times you need toys-on-the-go). In this game, you place puzzle pieces on a maze of city streets to create 2 different routes for travelers from start to finish (kids will recognize it as their own puzzle-ized version of GPS). There’s a booklet included with the various travel challenges. It’s a clever game, though I’d recommend it more for ages 9 and up (it was kinda tricky for my 8-year-old who is pretty good at puzzles). Buy it for $14 at Amazon.com.
I received a sample product for purposes of this review. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are, as always, entirely my own.