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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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Artistic Layering Puzzle This innovative puzzle challenges players to replicate a colorful image by layering the 8 Stenzzles cards together in the correct order and orientation. To play, select one of 8 challenges and flip, rotate and layer the cards until your stack exactly matches the challenge image. As stylish as it is clever, Stenzzles makes a great gift for adults and kids alike. Collect the family of Stenzzles styles! Ages: 8 to adult Players: single player

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This innovative puzzle challenges players to replicate a colorful image by layering the 8 Stenzzles cards together in the correct order and orientation. To play, select one of 8 challenges, such as a frog, dolphin or seashell, and flip, rotate and layer the cards until your stack exactly matches the challenge image. Once you’ve solved the challenges, have fun creating your own patterns. With so many possible Stenzzle Card orders and orientations, the combinations are endless. As stylish as it is clever, Stenzzles makes a great gift for adults and kids alike. Collect the family of Stenzzles styles.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0076TRX62
  • Item model number: 4803
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,708 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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I received Stenzzles from ThinkFun to review.

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.
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ThinkFun has a new art product that's combined with a fun mental challenge puzzle! Geared towards ages 8 and up, there are three different Stenzzles collections - Tropical, Dogs, and Sports. Each set retails for only $7.99, and includes 8 Stenzzles cards, a black background card, puzzle booklet (with solutions), and a cool puzzle stand to display your final result!

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.*
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One can always count on ThinkFun, Inc., to produce attractive, colorful and mind-challenging toys, and Stenzzles Tropical is no exception.

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.
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Stenzzles is a single player puzzle challenge, which consists of 8 Stenzzles you flip, rotate and stack, to create 8 images. Think it sound easy? Well, you are wrong. :-) I couldn't get over how difficult it was to layer the Stenzzles in such a way to create each of these 8 images. So far, I have only successfully made 5 out of the 8 puzzles. This single player game, like Turnstile from Thinkfun, can be played by children 8+ years old, as well as adults. I think adults will have more fun playing this game, as it looks like the images would be easy to solve. But, once you start playing, you can't stop. Yes, you may get frustrated, speak a few curse words under your breath, and grunt and moan when you don't successfully solve a puzzle, but you will have a hard time putting it down. This addicting game will have wishing there was more time in the day to solve these 8 image puzzles.

Disclosure: I received a sample from Thinkfun in order to write up an honest review.
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