Kanoodle Extreme is a single player puzzle game that requires players to fit uniquely-shaped puzzle pieces onto either a flat rectangle (2D) or into a pyramid (3D.) The set includes 12 differently-shaped pieces, a carrying case with sliding tray feature, and a 48-page, full-color puzzle book with 303 puzzles to complete. To successfully complete each puzzle all pieces must form the desired rectangle or pyramid shape. In the easier levels, the location of almost all of the shapes is provides to the player, leaving them to fit only 2 or 3 shapes into the puzzle. The harder levels challenge children to fit almost all of the pieces given the placement of only one or two. The 3D pyramid challenges are more difficult and it is recommended that player first master the 2D puzzle challenges. Kanoodle Extreme promotes engineering thinking by having the user come up with the solution to the puzzle by thinking critically about the placement of each piece. Children must make logic-based inferences on where and how to fit the pieces together to get the desired shape. The puzzle promotes engineering design as children develop their spatial reasoning and creativity by creating the desired puzzle layout.
Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, redesign the solution, recognize patterns
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, design, problem solving