Thinkfun Stenzzles Tropical Puzzle
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- 8 cards layer together to replicate a colorful image
- Flip, rotate and layer the cards in the correct order to solve the challenge
- Innovative puzzle challenges the artistic part of your brain
- Includes booklet with 8 challenges and solutions and puzzle stand
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As a 2nd - 12th grade art teacher, I was curious to see how my students would react to playing with Stenzzles. Last week, after finishing a project in 4th grade, I set out the art games. In the stack were two boxes of Stenzzles: Dogs and Tropical.
4 students were able to play and complete the puzzles during our allotted time. They had a great time trying to figure out how to recreate the colorful patterns inside each puzzle. Each child talked their way through successful completion of the puzzles! I made a graph for each student to complete and asked them to write in their own words what they liked or disliked about the game.
Hannah, 9 and Jack, 9 both thought it was a little hard and fun. Neither would change anything, and really liked the challenge of figuring out the correct direction and order of the Stenzzles.
Hailee, 10 and Charlie, 10 both thought it was very hard, yet fun. I did see a bit of frustration level in each of these students. However, they completed the Stenzzles successfully. Neither would change anything, although Charlie thought that age 8 might be a little too young to play with this puzzle.
Personally, I love these puzzles! Kids need to exercise their brains, develop problem solving skills, and logical thinking abilities. Stenzzles are a perfect way for them to do just that.
What's a Stenzzle you ask? Basically, Stenzzles are fun stencil cards that you flip, rotate, and layer to create challenging images. My almost eight year old gave Stenzzles a try with our new Stenzzles Tropical collection. He loved the challenge, and even though he isn't quite eight, he managed to solve four of the eight included challenge puzzles! The Stenzzles cards are laminated and pretty durable, and John David was quite focused trying to figure the puzzles out. This puzzle game looks simple, but when you layer the Stenzzles cards it gets challenging fast! After your done solving the Stenzzles puzzles, the cards make great stencils for creating fun drawings and artwork. I do wish there were more than only eight puzzle challenges, but it's a fun little set that makes a great gift, or on-the-go item to keep the kids busy out and about. Plus, it's a great price!
*I received this product free of charge to facilitate this review.*
Invented by Ron Dubren, a puzzle designer and contemporary artist, the 8 nicely colored stencil cards of sea creatures are to be stacked so that the colors visible in the silhouette match the puzzle challenges in the booklet. This feels very strange at first, because each card can be placed in 8 different ways within a stack, and on any of the 8 "floors" of the stack. That works out to a dizzying 8x8x8x8x8x8x8x8 different relative orientations of the cards, multiplied by 8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1 different orders in the stack. So it may be a kindness that the booklet contains only 8 challenges, giving each stencil a turn at being on top.
The hard way to solve them is to try each of the 8 cards one at a time in each of its 8 positions (front or back in 4 directions) behind the top card until you find one that fits. It helps that the cards have arrows to let you keep track of their position.
An easier way to get a clue, I found, was to use the booklet itself to help find the orientation of each of the colors before stacking them. Just lay the stencil on the drawing and turn it till it fits. Then you just have to fiddle with the sequence in the stack.
I found it a little tricky to see through the openings down into the lower levels. The thickness of the cards creates shadows, and unless the cards are very exactly squared up and you work with a good light, it's hard to see where you are. This may not be a problem for players whose eyesight is better than mine. And because the colors are curvy/irregular shapes, with no straight line or corner to guide you, and they have to partially block each other, the solution is not always clear.Read more ›
Disclosure: I received a sample from Thinkfun in order to write up an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great travel game, but a little too complicated for our kindergarten grandson. The older two had no problem with it.Published 15 months ago by Granny's Adventures
It's okay, but not as much fun as a real puzzle and the cardboard cards bend fast. Kind of boring.Published 19 months ago by S.W.
it is a good set of different tropical animals. I am thinking about buying more Thinkfun Stenzzles that are available.Published on May 22, 2013 by Priyanka Aghara
My daughter loved playing Stenzzles. She had a great time trying to figure out how to match the image and create the puzzle. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by melissa m.
Okay, these are hard for a grown up, so keep in mind the age guidline on the box should read -- patience required when it is just one person of any age. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Anna Jordan
Why "play the game" when you can just trace the stencils and color in the figures you traced? My 5-yr-old son does this well. My 3-yr-old daughter is learning. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by PDXMom
I liked this product, but it easily frustrated some of the kids as it took time, trial and error to figure out.Published on January 12, 2013 by Occupational Therapist
My little artist loves this.. My tom boy was bored very quickly. Interestingly, my artist solved them much more quickly.Published on January 7, 2013 by tharp83
I did not expect the level of complexity of this game....it is truly engaging and rewarding. It is not quite for very young kids, my 10 year old niece needed a lot of help. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Ami Gandhi