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Stack Up!

Lower Age: 3
Upper Age: 5
Price: $19.99
Year Added: 2016

Stack Up! is a cooperative board game designed with young children in mind. The goal is to stack the 12 blocks before the “stack smasher” character goes around the game board and reaches the stack to topple it over. The game requires each player to play against the game itself. This game allows for cooperation between different age groups by providing age-based block-stacking challenges. Every time a block is placed, the child placing the block must complete a special objective on one of the challenge cards. Designed for younger children especially, this game promotes the development of fine motor skills and spatial reasoning as children work to manipulate the blocks to properly stack them without knocking the tower over. The game promotes engineering thinking and design as children think critically about the different criteria that must be met on the challenge cards. Children must also learn how to work as a team to stack the blocks so that they do not fall down. Stack Up! provides a unique board game experience that eliminates competition between players and promotes the development of teamwork skills through shared understanding and cooperation.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, make observations, try the solution, work in a team, test the solution, recognize patterns


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:

Spatial reasoning, working as a team, evidence-based reasoning, problem solving, creative thinking



Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I liked stacking the blocks!”
      • “It is a game I would enjoy playing over and over again. It was fun and challenging.”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “My kids really enjoyed playing it. They were also able to play it without adult help (which is so nice). The ‘challenge’ tiles really helped to make the game more interesting.”
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback: NA