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Lower Age: 7+
Price: $12.99
Year Added: 2016

Kanoodle is a portable puzzle game that provides enough challenges for hours of fun. The game includes 12 puzzle pieces (called noodles), a carrying case, and 101 puzzles in a 44 page illustrated puzzle book. To play, children set up the starting pieces as illustrated in a challenge, and must then determine where the remaining pieces fit in the gaps. There are 6 levels of 2D puzzles and 3 levels of 3D puzzles, as well as “quizzes” for all levels. As the player completes the puzzles in the booklet, the difficulty of each level increases. This game promotes engineering thinking and design by encouraging children to think about the given problem and the various ways that pieces could fit together to solve the puzzles. It places a heavy emphasis on spatial reasoning, critical thinking, design, and recognizing patterns by asking children to manipulate uniquely shaped pieces into different configurations based on the constraints of the different challenges.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, learn about the problem, generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, redesign the solution, recognize patterns


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, constraints


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

Spatial reasoning, critical thinking, creative thinking, design, problem solving



Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 4.33 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I like that it is fun and very challenging.”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: NA
    • Feedback: NA
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “Overall, a good exercise in logical thinking. It could use more explicit emphasis on testing and redesigning solutions.”