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Kanoodle Head to Head

Lower Age: 7+
Website: https://www.educationalinsights.com/product/kanoodle-head-to-head.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search
Price: $21.99
Year Added: 2018
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Kanoodle Head to Head, by Educational Insights, is a competitive puzzle game for two players ages five and up. The game is part of the Kanoodle family of puzzles and is familiar for anyone who’s tried a Kanoodle Puzzle before. The game includes a puzzle board and a game guide. There are a total of 16 game pieces and 40 challenge cards. The goal of the game is to use your pieces to recreate the image on the challenge cards before your opponent does. The game uses a child’s spatial reasoning skills to help them quickly make the image. Children are expected to think critically to understand which pieces would be best suited to make the image and how they would best fit together on the puzzle board.  The game also teaches children how to recognize patterns and work with only a set number of pieces and space to create a something which would match the image placed on the challenge card. This game is great for siblings or children who enjoy puzzles and want to compete against friends or family!

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a Problem, Plan a solution, Test the solution, and recognize patterns

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: criteria, constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: spatial reasoning skills, critical thinking, Problem solving

Overall ratings:

  • Children’s Reviews
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback: NA
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “Good for both of them to play against each other. Would be a good travel game.”
  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 3.7 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • It's not quite STEM, but it does encourage quick spatial reasoning skills, which is an underlying foundational STEM concept.”