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Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game

Lower Age: 5+
Website: https://www.learningresources.com/product/mental-blox-game.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory=
Price: $29.99
Year Added: 2016

Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game is an entertaining 3D puzzle game that introduces children to different shapes and patterns. The game includes 20 chunky plastic blocks, 20 activity cards, and a colorful activity guide. In the game, the player must build using the blocks based on the instructions printed on the challenge cards. The game emphasizes spatial reasoning and strategic problem solving by requiring children to manipulate shapes into certain configurations based on specific instructions. When playing alone, children can practice following visual instructions as laid out on the activity cards. Gameplay goes one step further, however, when children play together. With a partner, children can practice giving and following verbal instructions. The variety of shapes, colors, and patterns of the blocks challenge players to be specific with their instructions and to carefully plan their designs.

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Make observations, try the solution, make improvements to the solution, define a problem, ask questions, generate ideas, plan the solution, create the prototype or process, test the solution, analyze the solution, redesign the solution, refine ideas, recognize patterns, communicate the solution, apply mathematics, apply science, logic

 

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

 

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

Critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, design, working as a team, problem solving

 

 

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  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0
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      • Gives the player a problem, that they must creatively and critically thinking to come up with a solution for, additionally great for enhancing spatial reasoning skills”