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IQ Focus

Lower Age: 8+
Price: $9.99
Year Added: 2017

IQ Focus is a compact puzzle game for children ages eight and up that requires logical thinking and the ability to recognize patterns. Included with this game is the compact game board with a transparent lid, 10 colorful puzzle pieces, and one booklet with 120 challenges of increasing difficulty. To play, children need to arrange the uniquely-shaped pieces on the game board so that they all fit into the provided game grid. However, the challenges only show the parts of the solution that appear in the middle of the board. Based on their limited knowledge of the pieces, players must extrapolate and determine where to place the remaining pieces to fill the play area and finish the pattern. IQ focus introduces multiple constraints in an effort to challenge players’ problem-solving abilities. As players progress through the game, it becomes more and more challenging to balance these two constraints, ensuring that they need to utilize critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills to solve each problem as it comes.


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

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: NA

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

Spatial reasoning skills, critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning, problem solving, perseverance



Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating:  3.5 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “I like that this game tests your mind.” M, 9

  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “I like that it's small. I can see my boy taking this on a trip.” parent of a 9-year-old

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 4.33 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “This game made me feel vehemently smart, adventurous, and critical. It promotes problem solving and critical thinking and I had a blast playing it.”

      • “I think this puzzle game promotes creative thinking and problem solving, which are essential skills for engineers to have. IQ Focus also has many levels of difficulty, allowing for people of all ages to sharpen up their problem solving skills!”