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MindWare - Bella's Mystery Deck

4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • MYSTERY DECK: Bella's Mystery Deck is a fun and fascinating deck of logic and mystery problems that are great for engaging young children. They feature challenging questions that require them to think outside the box.
  • BENEFICIAL SKILLS: These problems are great for teaching children a multitude of skills, including complex reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving, abstract reasoning, creativity, reading skills and more.
  • DECK OF CARDS: This deck includes 52 oversized cards with 50 mysteries, as well as corresponding mirror cards to show the answers.
  • AT HOME OR ON-THE-GO: Bella's Mystery Deck is great for at home or on-the-go play. Use it on road trips, waiting at the airport, or just for family game night!
  • INCLUDES: (1) Bella's Mystery Deck with (52) cards. For ages 10 and up.
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Bella’s Mystery Deck is a fun and fascinating deck of logic and mystery problems that are great for engaging young children. They feature challenging questions that require them to think outside the box. These problems are great for teaching children a multitude of skills, including complex reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving, abstract reasoning, creativity, reading skills and more. Bella’s Mystery Deck is fantastic for at home or on-the-go play. Use it on road trips, waiting at the airport, or just for family game night!

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Bella is the brightest 13-year-old detective we know--and soon to be your favorite sleuth. Fun illustrations and fascinating characters keep kids engaged as they test their powers of deduction and hone reading skills.

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Product Dimensions 4.5 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight 5.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000GYWXZ0
Item model number 70114W
Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #16,292 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#343 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
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By C. M. Elsten on October 6, 2007
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A big hit with my 8-year-old, although rated for older kids. Each card is a short story featuring a 'tween with a talent for solving everyday mysteries and minor crimes. The solution is printed backwards and read with an enclosed mirror. Some of the puzzles can be solved with clues internal to the story, while others require some knowledge of natural history, science, etc. This deck really encouraged my child to push her reading skills and was an excellent entertainment for travel, restaurants and other "sit and wait" situations.
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By L. Bean on January 17, 2011
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I purchased these for my 8 year old son to read at bed time. He is a high level reader and these were perfect- he usually needs help with 4-5 words per mystery. We usually read 2-3 mysteries each night. Some are very easy to solve, others require some thought or for me to share something I know that he hasn't learned yet. They are really fun to do together.

We live in the southwest and it's so nice to read about our climate-- every children's story seems to take place in middle America with perfect, snowy winters, big trees, rainy springs, golden leaf falls, etc. These stories have cacti, desert animals and a lot of foods that are popular in our region. The addition of the Spanish words and Mexican culture also add a little more than a typical mystery would. We actually purchased 4 more sets for his classroom- when I took them in, the kids went wild.
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I purchased this for my almost 10 year old daughter. She was initially more interested in her brother's game, but after getting her to do one of the mini-mysteries she was hooked. Everyone in the family likes listening and trying to figure out how Bella knows the answer. The problem solving and clue searching work on your vocabulary, reasoning and math skills. We were all more impressed than I thought we'd be - my only concern is that there are only 52 cards and once you go through them you know the answers. On the flip side, if it is like most kids games they play for a while, lose interest and come back later. This was the only reason for the 4 stars in durable. The product is sturdy, but may not last long as the 52 mysteries, once solved, don't change.
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This was a gift for my 10-year-old niece and she liked it enough that she opened it up and was using it that day... which I always take as a good sign. I don't think it's something that will last long as it isn't any fun once you've already "solved" that card, but the idea behind it is great and I think it was worth the money.
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About 10-12 of the mysteries need very specific knowledge, such as an odd physical difference between a specific purebred dog and a mixed dog that looks similar to a purebred. Or knowing when plastic was invented. After realizing this, I went through the deck and pulled cards my 8 and 12 year old would never ever get. I was also hoping to use them as a group activity, but many of the cards are unsolvable unless you are the reader bc the clue is how a word is misspelled. I suppose this would be less of a problem if you want to just give the deck to a child, but it seems like a great small group activity.
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Great idea, but VERY poorly executed. Such a great idea could've (& should've) been A LOT better executed. Every question in this deck falls into one of these categories: either:

A) The information needed to solve is not there so you'd have to already know something/pull from outside sources (advance knowledge that wasn't provided in the story) - not just having to know what a philatelic society is as someone in another review mentioned, but for example, one was about grandpa having marked a line on a cactus to represent his age yet something didn't match up - anyhow, you'd have to know that a cactus grows from the top - that was the answer) (someone in one of the other reviews I read before I purchased these was complaining about that very issue and someone else had responded that it's good to learn new things, to which I thought "hmm, yeah..." - which their response kind of of swayed to me over to *trying* these... Now, after my experience with these cards, I totally realize that, as regards this point, if I really wanted myself or my child to learn new things I would just teach them about different topics, or invest in trivia/fact cards!! - not "mystery-solving cards" which imply the information is already there & probably hinders everyone's self-esteem when they don't get it, lol - It's unjust!, lol.
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While I'm making dinner, my son will read these outloud to me or I'll read them to him while he reads me the answer. The mirror that comes with the deck is fun to use to figure out the mystery. I also think this would be perfect for an airplane ride or car trip.
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