Deducktion is a single player puzzle game with a magnetic 3x4 game board and 12 magnetic duck pieces that make it a great game to take on a trip. The ducks come in three colors and are numbered starting with 1. There are three green ducks (1, 2, and 3), four red ducks (1, 2, 3, and 4) and five yellow ducks (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). The goal of the game is to find a spot on the 3x4 grid for each duck, making sure that the ducks of each color and consecutive number are always placed next to each other. The player must deduce the location of each duck based on the hints given for that particular puzzle level. For example, one level may give the location of a duck with the number 3 on its back, but not its color. The player must then decide the color of that duck, along with checking that the ducks 2 and 4 of the same color are next to that duck. As children progress through the 48 challenges the puzzles become more difficult, with only one correct solution. The easy levels provide the location and number for multiple ducks on the board, while the hardest levels only reveal the numbers of a few ducks on the board. The game promotes engineering thinking by requiring the player to think critically and be creative about the possible locations of the ducks in order to find the solution. The game also focuses on logical and spatial reasoning, as the player deduces the location of all the ducks.
Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, recognize patterns, use mathematics
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, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving