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Pattern Blocks and Boards

Lower Age: 3
Upper Age: 6
Website: http://www.melissaanddoug.com/pattern-blocks-and-boards-classic-toy/29.html#q=patterns&lang=default&start=1
Price: $19.99
Year Added: 2016

Pattern Blocks and Boards is a basic puzzle toy that asks children to fill in the outline to a design using a variety of wooden tangram shapes. There are a total of 10 different designs, but the set comes with a large number of wooden shapes which children can use to create their own designs. This is a great toy to promote engineering thinking in young children, because they can start developing better spatial reasoning skills as they manipulate the tangram shapes. It also promotes engineering design by giving children the freedom to come up with their own designs using the shapes given.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Spatial reasoning, creative thinking, design, problem solving

 

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  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews:
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
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      • “A great beginner puzzler, the shapes are all colorful and strong, making them friendly for younger children.”