Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg

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Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg - Mental Blox game puts children's critical thinking and strategic problem-solving skills to the test. Game lets children stack, pattern and match the multicolor shapes to help them practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and building critical-thinking skills. Activity cards provide children with examples of what to build. Pieces feature four different shapes and three different attributes for a real challenge. Game is designed for children ages 5 and up.

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Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Educational (4)
  • Critical thinking (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mental Blox - both my kids love it!

Both my kids (2 and 5) love this set, and I love that it doubles as a concentration/memory/strategy game and colorful building blocks!

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Both my kids (2 and 5) love this set, and I love that it doubles as a concentration/memory/strategy game and colorful building blocks!

I use this set with my 2-year-old by asking him to:

• Hand me a blue circle or purple square (color & shape differentiation)
• Stack certain shapes on top of others (learning to follow instructions)
• Hand me the shape identical to the one I am holding (there are two of each block)

Two ways to play:

1. Players are allowed to look at one of the challenge cards for 10 seconds, then they try to re-build the pattern from memory! They look at the card in 10-second increments.
2. Someone not on either team (a "caller") describes verbally what is in the picture and the teams try to re-build the pattern by description and memory.

The cards come in varying levels of challenge from easy to hard, and there are optional bonus questions at the bottom of each card. The blocks themselves are made of a light but tough plastic, are hollow, and feel well-made. They stack sturdily (obviously or I wouldn't be able to stack the spheres so high!) and aren't too easy to topple over.

My 5-year-old really enjoys playing independently, pulling out random cards and copying the pattern exactly. It sounds easier than it is – I've challenged her to get everything just right and it has taught her to be more observant of small details like whether or not the lines on a block are vertically or horizontally oriented.

I can't think of anything we don't like about this set – isn't that awesome? :) It's recommended for kids age 5-13 but I would say younger children will enjoy it as well since there are ways to simplify the gameplay.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Alright,

What you see is literally what you get. Guess I had high Expectations, was a little disappointed. But the Concept is Clever!

What you see is literally what you get. Guess I had high Expectations, was a little disappointed. But the Concept is Clever!

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4.0

Durable and more complex than you think puzzle game

By 

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

Pros

  • Can Withstand Use
  • Educational
  • Entertaining
  • Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

      Hey, we received Mental Blox for review-all thoughts are our own.

      Adults who have taken any machine drawing classes can relate to the premise of this puzzle and game. Take an object and envision how it looks from the top, front, side left, side right or the bottom.

      Mental Blox adds a building dimension to this where the many blocks in the box all fit together in some configuration. It's not an interlocking puzzle, rather the blocks need to look like they do on a corresponding card. Start with the first cards and it's pretty simple. Our 7 year old could do the front facing and top cards pretty easily.

      Once things shifted to a side right or side left view it got more challenging for him. There are 40 different card puzzles and he got to the 11th card without any help, but then had to tag up for a little assistance. Some of the puzzle pieces are rounded, triangular, square, arrow shaped and beyond.

      The cards are coded by their ease, green, yellow and red. Adults will have to take a moment to look at all of the pieces and figure out how the red cards are accomplished. For example, card 40 has 9 blocks that need to fit together. Our five year old had trouble with the first cards and is a bit too young for them now. He just turned five, we'll try again in a month or so.

      For the price point this is a very nice, critical thinking puzzle/game that will assist kids in looking at things from a different angle. It's a good puzzle comparable to chess. Granted chess has thousands of moves and possibilities, but that too helps kids know that there is more than one way to approach something.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      So very impressed!

      By 

      from Williamsburg VA

      About Me Parent

      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Easy To Play
      • Educational
      • Entertaining
      • Fun
      • Interactive
      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Children
        • Family

        Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

        "Do not be fooled by its appearance" could not have been a better description of this awesome toy! I gave these to my 4 yr old for her birthday and a month later it's still her favorite toy to play with. To watch her progression in just one week was amazing to me. I initially purchased them to work on her focus and listening skills. I was so impressed to watch her critical thinking at work - she would chose a card, build it , then double check her own work and to watch that process was amazing to me.. Her attention span was extremely short but now she sits here for long periods of time (for her.. 15 min to half hour) wanting to try the harder cards. A little frustration sometimes but after words of encouragement she gets it and I love to see her confidence and sense of accomplishment grow! What has amazed me is how these look so simple until you watch them at play and all the important benefits they receive from them. My one wish is that they make more cards available to add to the set!

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        • No
         
        3.0

        Alright,

        By 

        from ME

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clever concept
        • Critical Thinking
        • Problem solving

        Cons

        • Not Very Elaborate

        Best Uses

          Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

          What you see is literally what you get. Guess I had high Expectations, was a little disappointed. But the Concept is Clever!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun for all

          By 

          from Cincinnati, Ohio

          Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

          Once your child gets the hang of the game, like any other game, they are going to want to play it more often. However, this game, unlike a lot of other games, makes them think unlike other games. Which in my opinion is a win – win situation. You can play this game as individuals or as teams. Some kids are going to catch on a little quicker, while it will be a challenge for others. That's the great thing about the Mental Blox Game though, the game is great for all different skill levels.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Fun Game for the Entire Family

          By 

          from Vancouver, BC

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Ti Unpack
          • Easy to pack
          • Easy to play
          • Easy to unpack
          • Educational
          • fun

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Daycare
          • Home
          • Office
          • School

          Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

          The Mental Blox Game is a fun, educational game that also focuses on motor skills. You can play by creating the patterns on the cards, your own, or turn it into races to create the patterns first. It is great family fun.
          Read my full review here:
          http://mommomonthego.com/mental-blox-game/

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Critical Thinking for Ages 6+

          By 

          from Lexington KY

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Critical Thinking
          • fun
          • Strategic

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family game
            • Friends

            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

            Ready for some strategic game play?? iTrax is designed for ages 6 and up, and involves your thinking cap for play. There are three levels of play making it more challenging for older players.

            It is fast paced and very colorful play. Perfect for 2-4 players.The object of the game is to find the one path on the game card that connect two cubes, and re-create it using the correct rods and cubes. The first player to collect 7 cards wins.

            There are 3 levels of game play; Ace, Whiz, and Braniac

            It did take a bit of help from Mom to get them going on the game, but they they really enjoyed it. I love that it involves strategy and planning ahead. Great thinking skills are used.

            I love the compact nature of this game, allowing it to easily be brought along for playing with friends.

            I received a copy of this game in exchange for an honest review.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            Amazing Game - Requires thinking skills!

            By 

            from Beaumont, CA

            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

            This is an awesome game that will keep the whole family busy, it does state that this is for ages 5-13, the whole family enjoyed it. This game will have you thinking and building, its a great brain-booster that can keep you thinking and trying.

            The kit comes with 20 different cards with different things to build/replicate. As well as 20 shapes/pieces, 2 of each, and 4 different shapes. Making this even more interesting. Also the box is perfect for storage, as it has a place for everything so you can quickly see if all the items are picked up and in its place.

            The goal is to replicate the image with the shapes blocks. some are harder then others, and getting the pieces in the right direction can sometimes be a little tricky. We have had some laughs and enjoyed trying to build them all. The best is to find cards that can be built twice and race. We have really enjoyed this kit.

            This is an yet another awesome toy/game from Learning Resources. I have been nothing but impressed with the amazing quality of products and the wonderful educational value that their items have. My daughter has struggled with some of them but over time, she has really learned and grown thanks to these amazing products.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great product wtih many uses!

            By 

            from Long Island, NY

            Pros

            • Engaging
            • Versitile

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

              Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

              I received this product from Learning Resources for a review. All opinions expressed are my own. This product was a perfect fit for our shelves. My daughter just turned 4 and loves to play games that encourage thinking. She used this game as directed at first and was able to do almost half of the activity cards with a little guidance. She also loves using the cards to build what is shown or just use the blocks to build how she would like to. There are many ways to use this game!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              iTrax-Fun fo all ages.

              By 

              from Michigan

              Pros

              • Critical Thinking
              • differentiated
              • Fast Paced

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Game play
                • Homeschooling
                • Math Stations

                Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                Learning Resources has done it again. I am so delighted they sent me this fun game to review! They have managed to supply teachers (and moms) with a great, differentiated, educational and mostly FUN game for our kiddos. There are two things I'm always looking for as a teacher: great, independent, critical thinking activities that are engaging AND activities that are differentiated. This little game has both of those things.The set includes enough pieces for 4 players (um...three boys 5, 7 and 9 plus a 46 year old mom was perfect) and has 25 double sided playing cards in three different levels of difficulty. The object of the game is to independently reproduce the path on the card that connects one square cube to the next faster than the other players. The person that creates their path to match the card first, wins!Beyond the fact that this is an excellent critical thinking and problem solving activity, the three levels of difficulty in playing cards is really what appealed to me with this activity. It meant that not only could my 5 and 7 year olds play together and be equally challenged and engaged, but my 5 and 9 year old could also play together. It was a blast for them to have a game that they each had a fair chance of winning. Way to go Learning Resources!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Family Fun

                By 

                from Vancouver, BC

                Pros

                • easy to put away
                • Easy to set up
                • Short Games
                • Thinking Game

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Family game night
                • Home

                Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                The iTrax Game is an easy to learn game that takes no time to set up, play and get put away. Love this game and so does my six year old.

                The iTrax Game reminds me of games I play on my smartphone so I find it just as fun to play as do my kids.

                I love that this is a thinking game. I can see my little one's mind working away as we play.

                I love that there are three levels of play and that you can each play a different level in order to make the game more equal.

                I was provided this product in order to review it. You can read my full review on my website
                http://mommomonthego.com/itrax-game/

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                Must Have Critical Thinking Game!

                By 

                from Oregon

                Pros

                • Durable
                • fun
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                    Mental Blox is a brain boosting hands-on strategy game that was released this year by Learning Resources. It's geared toward children ages 5-13 and there's a wide variety of ways to use the game! I will vouch that there's more than meets the eye on the surface of Mental Blox. It can either be a look & build stacking game, a listen and build game, and you can use it to teach a child about pattern sequencing as well as take an approach to educate a child on geometric shapes and the correct names.

                    Included in the Mental Blox set is are 20 double sided Activity/Question Cards, A Guide, and 20 Blocks (2 sets of 10). The blocks are made out of plastic. The patterns on the blocks range from stripes, polka dots, and solids. Colors include are very appealing to children! There's bright orange, blue, purple, and green. The shapes are pyramids, spheres, squares, and x blocks. The blocks seem very durable and can be cleaned easily if need be. The box allows for easy storage as you can just put every pack away in the inner cardboard cooperated compartments. The game literally takes up no space at all.

                    I'm pleased to say that I was able to make Mental Blox work for than one of my children, especially because each of my children have different learning styles. This set appealed greatly to them both! The cards whether doing Look & Build or Listen and Build start at the easiest with card #1 and then get harder all the way up #40.

                    My daughter age 5 years old did well with both of the suggested games in the guide. And I was very happy in how well she was able to follow heard instructions which isn't normally one of her strongest areas of focus. I also liked using the set to help her work on her observation skills. For example showing her the card for 10 seconds and not letting her build it till I took the card away. She was able to completely the easy cards very quickly but totally was challenged when the harder cards came out.

                    My nearly 3 year old son did well looking at the cards and re-creating exactly what he saw. I also let him free play with the pieces as well as instruct him with what each shapes name is. So we'll be going through those throughout our school year often since it's so great for the brain and helps improve fine motor skills! And the fact both my kids love the game makes it a win-win situation.

                    I highly recommend Mental Blox for any home or classroom use! Five out of five stars!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Fun as a family game or individually

                    By 

                    from Arizona

                    Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                    I was sent this product for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own. This game is so fun and our entire family enjoys playing. What I love most about this is that the skill level is great for all of us. It's not too hard or too easy for any of us, especially when we team up (which almost always happens because if one of us plays, everyone wants to play)! On those occasions when we don't play together, my kids still enjoy the challenge of building without the need to challenge another person or team; it's just fun to play with the blocks! With 20 double-sided cards, the fun never ends.
                    It's been a great tool to help encourage listening as well.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    My 4-year-old Daughter LOVES this. :)

                    By 

                    from Oregon

                    Pros

                    • Easy to learn
                    • Easy to store
                    • Games Are Short

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                        Although iTrax is recommended for ages 6 and up, we've played this as a family with my 4-year-old and even my 2-year-old enjoys taking part (he'll build little towers or try to copy us). The game includes enough pieces for up to 4 players to play at the same time, as well as game cards with patterns that range from easy to very difficult. I gave my daughter the easiest cards to start out with but she quickly caught on and moved up through the cards. The object of the game is to find which pattern on the card is connected by the two small blocks and duplicate it exactly - it's a race to see who can duplicate their card first. The patterns are true to size so if Emma is unsure which length is correct she can lay the rod directly on the card to be sure it's the right one.

                        When we play together my husband and I take the hardest cards and give my daughter the easier ones, we count down to 0 and then GO! It's a race to see who can find and duplicate their pattern first. It's truly a blast! I recommend this game - it has quickly become a family favorite because it is easy to pull out and play a few games then put away. Because the pieces are small, it doesn't take up too much space, either. Another plus is that it's challenging and enjoyable enough for kids to want to play by themselves. :)

                        (This game was sent to me for review purposes.)

                         
                        5.0

                        Such a FUN and education product!

                        By 

                        from westminster, CA

                        Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                        I LOVE products that make learning fun and this one hits a home run! iTrax is a fun eye-tracking game that makes you think and problem solve. Players begin by choosing a card, finding the path that connects two cubes and then building what they see. There are 25 double-sided cards with various degrees of difficulty and 3 different levels, which makes it great for beginners and more advanced players. Each player finds the path that connects 2 cubes and begins to build. The rules are simple and the game is FUN!

                         
                        5.0

                        This toy is really versatile!

                        By 

                        from Rosemount, MN

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Educational
                        • fun
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational
                          • Tactile
                          • Visual

                          Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                          I am always looking for a challenging activity for my son who is always conquering activities and getting bored. One thing he has always liked to do since he was very young is build with blocks and follow a pattern to build something (architect someday, maybe....). So when I saw the Mental Blox from Learning Resources, I knew they were going to be the perfect game for my son to play! And I was SO RIGHT! My son instantly LOVED the Mental Blox that we received for review!

                          This game is aimed for Ages 5-13 but my son is 3 and can follow the patterns perfectly so ages may differ!

                          I loved that this game is so versatile. It can be played with multiple players when my son has friends over or it can be played alone for days he is by himself. It also can be played with younger and older children. For younger children like my son, they can simply just build the picture they see on the card. For older children, they can have an extra challenge by doing it in a time limit or answering the questions on the cards.

                          I love that this game will be used for MANY years to come and with all my children no matter what age! My son loves building and is so proud when he gets the blocks built exactly like the card! I love watching him learn and have fun at the same time! I highly recommend!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Great product my 3 1/2 yr old loves toy!

                          By 

                          from NH

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                          Great for the child who loves to build.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Great Fun for Critical Thinking!

                          By 

                          from Ohio

                          Pros

                          • Classroom Games
                          • Easily cleaned
                          • Large age range
                          • Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Classroom
                            • Homeschool
                            • Instruction
                            • Teaching

                            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                            I reviewed this game on my blog and there are lots of great activities listed on the included cards! There are also 2 separate games posted in the instructions sheet that could be played as a whole class divided into teams, or in small groups. Personally, I love how the learning can move from concrete to abstract simply by starting with the cards AND the blocks, and then moving into some scenarios where students might draw out the solutions, and finally maybe even moving into a place where it is done mentally.

                            Some of your students will rock this game - and it will probably be those that you would not normally believe would. I have a really tough time with these types of activities myself if I am not able to manipulate the objects. Is anyone else out there that way too? :)

                            This is a great item to place in a center for students to be able to explore the objects and the vocabulary associated with them. I do think that some of the cards might have sentences too challenging for beginning readers, but a simple audio file on a tape player, etc. could be implemented in the center for those situations to allow for independent learning.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Love this Game!

                            By 

                            from USA

                            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                            I was given this game to review on my blog. I definitely recommend this game, it doesn't take up a lot of game shelf space {a big plus for me}, has multi-use pieces, is simple once you read the rules, can be played quickly, and provokes deep thought!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            More than just blocks!

                            By 

                            from Cadillac, MI

                            Pros

                            • Colorful
                            • differentiated
                            • Durable
                            • Engaging
                            • fun
                            • wide age range

                            Cons

                            • Wish There Was A Cone

                            Best Uses

                            • Communication
                            • Directions
                            • Visual Discrimination

                            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                            Learning Resources contacted me to review this item after using it in my Kindergarten Classroom. I have to admit, it didn't get very far before my own 5 and 6 year old boys got a hold of it and didn't want to give it up. In this bright colored box are 20 colorful, fun 3D shaped blocks to challenge, engage and fascinate your students. My own sons were immediately intrigued with what they could do with these fun blocks.
                            There are also 20 double-sided picture cards included that pose building challenges. At first, the boys just looked at the pictures to see who could make theirs mirror it first. Then, I hid the pictures and only gave them verbal cues to make the structure. When they had theirs built, I would show them the picture to see how close they got to the real thing. Finally, I had them describe structures to build to each other. Wow! That was a huge challenge, but man was it fun!!! You can really see how this activity can build verbal skills and increase visual discrimination.The cards also have questions in addition to the pictures where can create more challenge and extend the activity which makes differentiating a breeze.I really love this product. It's fun, engaging, students have to use strategy to meet balancing and building demand, it meets common core standards for speaking and listening (SL.K.3) and math (K.GA.1) and creates so much interest that little people don't even realize that they're learning. If I had to suggest only one thing different it might be to add a cone shape so that it would be aligned with Common Core Standards for 3D Shapes. But as is, it's a fantastic product.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                             
                            5.0

                            Great Thinking Game

                            By 

                            from NV

                            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Activity Set, 20pkg:

                            We received the iTrax Game. This game is geared towards ages 6 and up. It is a game that will challenge your child and make them think. The game can be played at 3 different levels too. This makes it easy for beginners and then they don't get frustrated.

                            So how does the iTrax Game work? It has a variety of different cards and they have different levels on them. We start with the easiest level for our 6 and 7 year old and then move up as they got the hang of it. Each player gets a card. The card has a series of different shaped blocks printed on it. Each players goal is to place the actual physical block that is shown on the card on the block shown. However, the goal is to connect 2 cubes together with a series of different blocks (as shown).

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