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Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game

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Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game

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Brand
Learning Resources
Dimensions
11.1L x 8.4W x 2.1H in.
Gender
Boys, Girls
Material
Plastic
Recommended Age
5 to 13

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  • High-quality plastic construction
  • Includes 20 activity/question cards and a guide
  • Feature 4 different shapes and 3 different attributes
  • Recommended for children aged 5 years and above
  • Overall dimensions: 11.1L x 8.4W x 2.1H in.
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Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (6)

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

 

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!

Reviewed by 23 customers

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5.0

So very impressed!

By Grammie512

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 Game:

    "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
     
    3.0

    Alright,

    By Mommy of 4

    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 Game:

      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 Messy Mama

      from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game:

      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 MomMomOnTheGo

      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 Game:

      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 Jubilee Reviews

      from Lexington KY

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Critical Thinking
      • fun
      • Strategic

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family game
        • Friends

        Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game:

        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 Cassandra - The So Cal Coupon Mommy

        from Beaumont, CA

        Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game:

        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 Lauren

        from Long Island, NY

        Pros

        • Engaging
        • Versitile

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

          Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game:

          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 A Differentiated Kindergarten

          from Michigan

          Pros

          • Critical Thinking
          • differentiated
          • Fast Paced

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Game play
            • Homeschooling
            • Math Stations

            Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game:

            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 MomMomOnTheGo

            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 Game:

            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 Erin from Connected2Christ

            from Oregon

            Pros

            • Durable
            • fun
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game:

                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!

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