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Dinosaurs - Mystic Island

Lower Age: 6+
Website: http://www.smartgamesusa.com/dinosaurs-mystic-islands
Price: $21.99
Year Added: 2016
Dinosaur

Dinosaurs Mystic Islands is a single-player puzzle game that asks  the player to place different shaped islands onto a game board in a way that keeps the carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs separated.   The puzzle comes with 6 tiles that form whole islands and the seas between when they are connected. The player must think critically and creatively about how they connect the island pieces, so that a herbivore and a carnivore are never on the same island. There are several levels of difficulty, and each level is accompanied by a diagram of the islands. The easy levels give the locations of dinosaurs and the orientation of the pieces to connect the islands, while the more difficult levels only show the outline of the different islands. The game  focuses on exercising players’ spatial reasoning and critical thinking, and promotes engineering thinking by giving the player a goal with a specific set of constraints.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Define a problem, test the solution, redesign the solution, make improvements to the solution, try the solution, analyze the solution, learn about the problem, recognize patterns, generate ideas


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

 

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating: 3.7 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “I liked the different options to play”
  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: NA

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “Easy levels remove some of the more difficult aspects, allowing for progressive skill development.”