Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game, Homeschool, 20 Blocks, 20 Activity Cards, Ages 5+
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- Stack, pattern and match the multicolor shapes, but don’t be fooled by these endlessly enjoyable blocks mean brain-boosting business
- ANALYTICAL & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: Mental Blox help children practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and build critical thinking skills. Activity cards provide children with examples of what to build
- AT HOME LEARNING: Mental Blox is a great addition to keep your kids learning at home, while having fun!
- 40 PIECE SET: This logic game includes 20 chunky plastic blocks, 20 activity cards, an activity guide and features four different shapes and three different attributes for a real challenge
- Homeschool supplies for ages 5 and up
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Put your critical thinking to the test
Stack, pattern and match the multicolor shapes. Don't be fooled by appearances, these endlessly enjoyable blocks mean brain-boosting business. Mental Blox help children develop STEM skills as well as critical thinking, problem solving, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, communication, following directions and verbal skills. Designed to be easy for small hands to manipulate, the blocks are proportionally sized.
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Put on your critical-thinking caps and fire up the strategic problem solving. Re-create a hidden arrangement or listen to verbal instructions. Play on teams or with the whole class. Set of 20 plastic, chunky pieces feature 4 different shapes and 3 different attributes for a real challenge. Includes 40 Activity/Question Cards and Guide. Blocks measure 2”L x 2”H. Grades K+
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Put on your critical-thinking caps and fire up the strategic problem solving. Re-create a hidden arrangement or listen to verbal instructions. Play on teams or with the whole class. Set of 20 plastic, chunky pieces feature 4 different shapes and 3 different attributes for a real challenge. Includes 20 Activity/Question Cards and Guide. Blocks measure 2”L x 2”H. Grades K+
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1) Active Listening/Effective Communication: There are about 5-6 students in a group. I have the picture cards. One student from each group will come view the card for 10 seconds and then return to the group to describe how to build the structure in the picture. They have to employ memory skills and effective communication skills during this process. They have to remember the shapes, colors, and patterns on each block and how they were positioned in the picture, and THEN they have to communicate all of that info back to the group. And when they are actively competing against other teams, it's even more challenging, but it gets them up and moving and working in teams, which is my goal. (15-30 mins)
2) Team-Building/Small Group Communication: Again, there are about 5-6 students in a group (I would prefer 4 or less, but I only have 2 sets of these blocks). They determine their own roles in the group and what each member will do. Some choose to observe, some prefer to build, and some prefer to interpret the cards and direct the building of the structure. The cards include a picture and a challenge statement at the bottom, so after they build the structure, they must then rebuild the structure according to the challenge statement. Only a few of the challenges have only ONE answer, so they inadvertently discuss all possible solutions. I generally don't interact with the groups when they are playing this game; I prefer to monitor if and how well their teams are working together and occasionally offer remind them who is hands-on, who is good at interpreting data, and who is a good evaluator or helper. (15-30 mins)
Durability: pretty good
1) The cards are printed on slick paper and are fairly durable.
2) The blocks are plastic and get knocked over often. We have linoleum floors in our classrooms so they have endured some abuse. Only one block has broken so far - the sphere - and we just taped it back together and it's still going strong.
What you get:
1) The cards are double-sided and include 40 puzzles total. They range from easy to difficult.
2) There are 2 sets of blocks included, which allows (for me) only 2 teams to be working from the same set of cards.
For $18, I have gotten a LOT of use out of this critical-thinking game. I will most likely add 2 more sets to my collection, to facilitate more group activities in the classroom. The only downside is I have only been able to incorporate the game once per semester, but that could just be a lack of creativity on my part.
Top reviews from other countries
They can challenge themselves by attempting to answer the question at the bottom of the card which gets them thinking and adults too. Some arrangement of blocks were too tricky I think you will kinda never know whether you are correct because the answer sheet doesnt depict the correct answer. It is however a different product that most kids toys in the market so at least it offers variety. All in all a good product offering something different but nothing groundbreaking