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Learning Resources Mental Blox Activity Game

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Learning Resources Mental Blox Activity Game - 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
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (18)
  • Fun (14)
  • Interactive (14)
  • Durable (11)
  • Easy to play (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Children (9)
  • Family (6)
  • Young children (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Educator (6), Parent (6), Education oriented (5)

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!

I use this set with my...Read complete review

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

 

OK, but not great!

Batteries died after short time use. Batteries very hard to find in stores.
To replace batteries, you had to undo 4 very small screws. Hard to put back together. When they...Read complete review

Batteries died after short time use. Batteries very hard to find in stores.
To replace batteries, you had to undo 4 very small screws. Hard to put back together. When they did work, even for the short time, they were easy to use.

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5.0

I would purchase this for all children

By 

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This mental blox games helped my 4 year old granddaughter to visualize blocks and stack them according to the way the picture showed in the brochure. Her mother showed her the picture and she stacked them from memory. She has a sensory problem and is a little slow on things but this helped with her memory and coordination. Will order from this website for all of my grandchildren.

 
5.0

Very good game.

By 

from Texas

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adults
    • Children
    • Family

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

    Great learning game.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Can be purchased for all age groups.

    By 

    from Tampa, Fl

    About Me Grandparent, Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Children

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

      Child was so excited playing this game and educational for word recognition. This game helps you to evaluate how well your child comprehends.Plan to order next age level. Educational toys and games also help your child in school.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Exactly as Advertised

      By 

      from Hampton, VA

      About Me Educator

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Children

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

        I use this with kindergartners to teach them spacial awareness and teach them how to use a diagram. This will not be a toy that gives hours of fun but it is a useful tool. I do recommend it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great selection of words

        By 

        from British Columbia, Canada

        About Me Educator, Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Can Withstand Use
        • Easy To Play
        • Educational
        • Fun
        • Interactive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Children
          • Family

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

          My 5 year old LOVES this game even though she doesn't know all of the words yet. The little kernels have clear printing that somehow sticks with her. After playing only a few times, she was able to spell words that I haven't ever taught her because she photographically remembered them from the game. It really is a great way to work on sight words.

          The game comes with a ton of words so it never gets too boring.

          My only complaint is that I wish there was a covering on the top of the box through which players had to reach their hand in to pick a kernel. Kids tend to want to peek at what's inside to avoid grabbing a "pop" card!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                1.0

                Not a great buy!

                By 

                from Omaha, Nebraska

                About Me Education Oriented

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Cheap
                  • Poor Design
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

                    I was hoping to use these for 1-minute reads with my 3rd graders. The timers are very dim and not kid-friendly. Started the 1 minute beep, and 2 of the timers would not stop beeping.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    POP for Fun!

                    By 

                    from Grayslake, IL

                    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                    Pros

                    • Educational
                    • Interactive
                    • Lots of Fun

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Young Children

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

                      Whether we are pretending it's popcorn or learning our sight words we love playing this game!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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!

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        OK, but not great!

                        By 

                        from nephi, utah

                        About Me Education Oriented, Elem Teacher, Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                        Pros

                        • Interactive
                        • Realistic

                        Cons

                        • Battery Consumption
                        • Battery Life Short
                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Time
                        • Group Activity
                        • Indoor
                        • Outdoor

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

                        Batteries died after short time use. Batteries very hard to find in stores.
                        To replace batteries, you had to undo 4 very small screws. Hard to put back together. When they did work, even for the short time, they were easy to use.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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.

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                                  • No

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