# Color Cube Sudoku

Lower Age: 8+ http://www.thinkfun.com/products/color-cube-sudoku/ \$19.99 2017

Color Cube Sudoku combines two popular puzzles, traditional Sudoku and the Rubik’s Cube, into one comprehensive challenge for children eight and up. The game includes one black plastic display tray and nine color cubes, where each cube has four squares of color on every face, and every cube is unique. Players must figure out how to arrange the cubes so that each of the six colors appears only once in every row and column. Before they rearrange the cubes on the tray, children need to make observations and recognize any existing patterns in the given challenge. After generating ideas and planning their solution, children can keep rearranging the cubes until they complete the challenge. The instruction manual also offers Bonus Pattern Challenges if children have mastered basic gameplay. In these extra challenges, players place the cubes according to different rules, such as “No Diagonal,” where no color may occur twice in any diagonal line. Color Cube Sudoku encourages children to practice a variety of skills, including spatial and evidence-based reasoning, logical thinking, problem solving, and perseverance. The critical thinking skills exercised in this game are beneficial to young, inquiring minds!

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, make observations, recognize patterns, generate ideas, plan a solution, test the solution, analyze and make improvements to the solution

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: NA

Spatial reasoning skills, critical thinking, problem solving, perseverance

Overall ratings:

• Children Reviews

• Rating:  3.75 out of 5.0

• Feedback:

• “I liked that it was very challenging, colorful, and addictive!” M, 10

• “I liked that I had to solve problems by trying to solve them again and again. I liked that I started  figuring out patterns to help me solve it.” 10-year-old

• “I like that this toy made me want to try harder and focus more!” F, 10

• “I like it because it is challenging. I had fun being creative to figure out the solution!” F, 10

• Parents Reviews

• Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

• Feedback:

• “This was definitely a challenging game where you need to think. I was afraid that it would be too hard for my nine year old, but he was successful with my help!” parent of a 9- and 10-year-old

• “My child enjoyed it and likely would enjoy creating more of her own solutions with more time!” parent of a 10-year-old

• Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

• Rating: 3.83 out of 5.0

• Feedback:

• “I like this innovative take on sudoku, because it challenges users to keep playing and trying new solutions. The toy is engaging and encourages perseverance, because many proposed solutions may create more problems!”

• “I think this game can help children develop pattern recognition and logical thinking skills through a hands on context.”