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Mental Blox - On the Go

Lower Age: 5+
Website: https://www.learningresources.com/product/mental-blox%E2%80%93on-the-go-9286.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory=
Price: $14.99
Year Added: 2018

Mental Blox - On The Go by Learning Resources is a set of puzzles and games intended for children ages five and up. Inside the travel-friendly case kids will find a manual, the 4X4 game board, and 16 game pieces made up of 4 different shapes and four different colors. The game pieces are printed on one side with one of four patterns. The instructions are written in English, Spanish, French, and German.

This gift isn’t a single puzzle game, but rather a collection of puzzles and games which all use the same pieces. Games range from “memory” to Sudoku to 4-piece chess. There are even games to be played by three or more players, collaboratively or competitively. The thing that all the puzzles and games have in common (besides using the same pieces) is that they all teach skills involves forming and testing a solution- if the solution doesn’t work, it must be analyzed and improved. Many of the puzzles teach spatial reasoning skills and pattern recognition. Mental Blox - On The Go provides a good problem-solving experience for younger children, alone or with a friend!