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Mental Blox Jr.

Lower Age: 4+
Website: https://www.learningresources.com/product/mental-blox-jr-early-logic-game-9285.do?from=Search&cx=0&query=mental%20blox%20jr
Price: $19.99
Year Added: 2017
Product Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjeDiGdc3wM

Mental Blox Jr. is a logic puzzle game for children ages four and up. Included with the game is a puzzle tray, 8 blocks, and 28 puzzle cards that provide different challenges. The puzzle cards are divided into four different categories of gameplay. These different, color-coded categories indicate different types of puzzles. In order to solve each puzzle type, children must look at the game card and attempt to recreate what they see on the puzzle tray with the blocks while filling in any missing information. With the ‘What’s Different’ puzzles, children are asked to find a piece that is not like the others and replace it. With the ‘What’s Missing’ puzzles, children must complete the challenge by choosing a piece that fits the pattern of the other pieces. In the ‘Me and My Shadow’ puzzles, children use critical thinking to determine what pieces correspond with black and white pictures. In ‘Solve It!’ puzzles, children are required to use spatial reasoning to build a 3D puzzle from a 2D image, in which some pieces may be hidden from view! Mental Blox Jr. helps children develop critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills as they determine the correct arrangement of the blocks to complete the different puzzle challenges. Players must be able to recognize patterns and use logical thinking as they consider missing and hidden pieces. Mental Blox is a good option for younger children to begin developing skills in problem solving and logical thinking through simple and fun puzzles.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, make observations, learn about the problem, recognize patterns

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: Constraints

 

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

Spatial reasoning skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, logical thinking

 

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
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  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • This would be a good game to have at preschool. The shapes and early logic are good.” parent of a 3-year-old
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “Mental Blox Jr. is a logic game that helps young children develop critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills. There are various puzzles to solve, and the user must be able to recreate what they see on the card by building the puzzle.  While the game doesn't explicitly promote EDT, it does help develop skills that are important to EDT."