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Medieval Castle 3D Puzzle

Lower Age: 6+
Website: http://www.melissaanddoug.com/medieval-castle-3d-puzzle-and-play-set-in-one/9046.html#q=medieval&lang=default&start=1
Price: $9.99
Year Added: 2016
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The Medieval Castle is an interactive 3D puzzle that takes children through the process of building their own detailed Middle Ages fortification out of about a hundred printed foam sheet parts. The included instruction manual outlines the steps to build each section with easy-to-follow details. Children will get to build several different rooms, including a dungeon and two turrets, as well as a moat and secret entrance, among other features. This puzzle promotes the development of better spatial reasoning and design skills as children work to follow the instructions to construct each detail of the fortress. Young children will gain an understanding of spatial relationships as they are introduced to the basics of design, along with hand-eye coordination and concentration, through the process of manipulating the foam pieces. Additionally, as the set includes several cardboard figures, including knights, a dragon, horsemen, and a king, narrative play is encouraged; building the castle for its inhabitants can be seen as a very rudimentary form of client-focused design.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: none


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


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: spatial reasoning skills, perseverance


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  • Engineering & STEM Experts’ Reviews

    • Rating: 3.67

    • Feedback: “A good value for a construction toy; would be improved by giving children more agency in the building process.”