Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game
Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game
Manufacturer : Learning Resources
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Product Description
This is a brain-boosting, block building, make-you think game. Play two ways: analyze the card or listen to a player describe the structure. Mental Blox help children practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and building critical thinking skills. Great for the family or classroom.
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2947 in Toys & Games
  • Size: 2 L x 2 H in
  • Color: Multi
  • Brand: Learning Resources
  • Model: LER9280
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 2.10" h x 14.10" w x 11.10" l, 1.35 pounds
  • Product Features
  • Build critical thinking skills with these building blocks
  • Practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and problem solving
  • Includes 20 chunky plastic blocks, and 20 activity cards.
  • Winner of 4 awards
  • Ideal for ages 5+
  • Customer Reviews

    Most helpful customer reviews

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    5Great for the College Classroom, Too!
    By A Sharp
    I use this game in my Public Speaking course (Freshman-level Speech) for college students. We play the game 2 different ways:

    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.

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
    4wonderful game you can grow into
    By Britta Hon
    I bought this game for my 3, and 4 year old children. I wanted something that would be a bit educational but still lots of fun. All my children love to build and play with blocks so I thought it would be a hit. Right now the kids just like to look at the pictures and build the structure shown. Basically there are 2 ways to play.
    1. you get to look at the card for 10 sec and try to build the structure based off of what you remember. The first team/child to build the structure correctly wins the round.
    2. The second way to play is you build the structure then try to follow the clues on the card to alter the structure to solve the clue.
    As others have said the clues have some pretty intense vocabulary such as "attributes" that seem a bit advanced for the kids but I work on trying to modify the verbage so that my kiddos can still play along. They still have a hard time with this aspect of the game but I like that they can grow with the game. The blocks are colorful and a nice size. My only complaint is the plastic they are made of makes them loud if the kids like to knock down the towers at the end of the game.
    If I could give this a 4 1/2 I would the only challenge is the vocabulary.
    This game is a hit in our house.
    I would recommend this game to any family, and will keep it in mind for when I have to buy toys or games for other children.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    5First, let me start of by saying this can ...
    By cwgrl1234
    First, let me start of by saying this can be a multi aged use toy. The box states for 5 and up, BUT I have been able to get my just turned 2 year old this week to duplicate a lot of the less challenging pictures. We are also able to work on colors and patterns so a very multi use tool! Worth the value in a classroom or home learning environment. There are 40 different sequence cards to choose from with a suggestion to add to the picture to change it and challenge the person playing with it. Some of them don't really make sense and it doesn't show you an answer for the suggestion so some of them leave you kind of wondering if you did them right. Ex: You have 2 cubes, an X and a pyramid. It shows you a layout and then the extra suggestion is to stack the shapes in such a pattern that it is one column with both of the cubes on the top. It took a balancing act and a lot of patience to make it work, but I guess we did it right. ( I was helping my 5 year old with that one.)

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