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Penguins Pool Party

Lower Age: 6+
Website: http://www.smartgamesusa.com/penguins-pool-party
Price: $14.99
Year Added: 2016
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Penguins Pool Party challenges childrens’ thinking skills within the entertaining context of an icy pool party! The game includes a game board(conveniently becomes a travel case that allows the game to be taken just about anywhere), four 3D “ice block” pieces, four penguins, and a booklet with the different challenges and their solutions. To play, children place the four penguins on the board as shown in the challenge and then try to fit the ice block pieces around them. This puzzle game encourages engineering thinking and design because it introduces a problem that requires critical and creative thinking to solve. In addition, children have to use trial and error to find each challenge’s correct solution. As children complete the challenges, they become more difficult, allowing them to continue improving their spatial reasoning and logical thinking skills as they go.

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Test the solution, make improvements to the solution, recognize patterns, generate ideas, try the solution, analyze the solution

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided: Constraints

 

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

Spatial reasoning, problem solving, logical thinking

 

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 4.7 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I like that it is like a puzzle.”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “The girls all wanted to take turns with the game. Even though it was relatively simple in design, I had to keep myself from helping because it was fun.”
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 3.7 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “Provides child with a problem and the child must think critically and creatively to come up with a solution.” “In reality is a 2D shape fitting puzzle.”