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Domino Maze

Lower Age: 8+
Website: thinkfun.com
Year Added: 2019

Domino Maze by Thinkfun, Inc., is a domino-based puzzle game for children aged eight and above. It comes with a big plastic grid, which forms the base for arranging all the game pieces, and another smaller grid that is meant to be attached to the larger base as an upper level when required. There are also sixty challenge cards, a green domino to start the maze, three red targets, two staircases, four legs to connect the top and bottom grids together, two pivots, one blocker, two walls and 21 standard dominos. The player starts by picking up a challenge card and organizing the required pieces according to the instructions on the card, and then planning a path to reach from the start domino to the target. This game helps users work on their engineering thinking and design skills by prompting them to carefully observe and learn about the problem. It further encourages them to weigh the path and think about how the blockers can affect the movement of the dominos through it. Those blockers can prove to be quite a nuisance and need to be dealt with properly so the dominos can fall smoothly and hit the target.

This game encourages the user to problem solve and use logical thinking skills. It promotes flexibility through the various wrenches the blockers throw into even the best of plans. Domino Maze is a great game that promotes engineering thinking and design, helps children develop engineering skills, and encourages them to think outside the box.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Learn about the problem, Idea generation, Plan a solution, Create a prototype or process, Test the solution, Analyze a solution, Make improvements to the solution

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: 

A problem to be solved by developing a new or improved object, tool, or process, A user, Criteria, Constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Spatial reasoning skills, Critical thinking, Creative thinking, Design, Problem Solving, Perseverance, Logical thinking, Iterative design

  

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating:  3.5 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: 

      • "I liked how challenging the cards were. "

  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating:  4.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: 

      • "Pieces fall in an ordered way"

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • It helps one develop logical reasoning and perseverance skills as if a solution does not work, you keep trying till it does.”