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Mental Blox Game

Item #LER 9280 | Ages 5+
$29.99
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Product Description

Stack, pattern and match the multicolor shapes. Don’t be fooled by appearances, these endlessly enjoyable blocks mean brain-boosting business. Mental Blox help children practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and build critical thinking skills. Activity cards provide children with examples of what to build. Children can recreate what is on the card or can give verbal instructions to a partner or group.

Includes:

     • 20 plastic blocks
     • 20 activity cards

Blocks measure 2” x 2”

Grades: Kindergarten +

Common Core State Standards Alignment: Speaking & Listening, Geometry

Learning Styles: Tactile, Visual

Skill Development: Social & Behavioral, Fine Motor, Basic Concepts

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Mental Blox Game
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (6)
  • Fun (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7), Yes (4)

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      Really nice simple toy

      By Austin Mom

      from Austin, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • appealing colors
      • Appealing Colorspatterns

      Cons

      • Looks fragile

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mental Blox Game:

        My son (age 4) was already a bit too old for the toy :(

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fun for all

        By Messy Mama

        from Cincinnati, Ohio

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              Comments about Mental Blox 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.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Fun Game for the Entire Family

              By MomMomOnTheGo

              from Vancouver, BC

              Verified Reviewer

              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 Mental Blox 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/

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Amazing Game - Requires thinking skills!

              By Cassandra - The So Cal Coupon Mommy

              from Beaumont, CA

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                    Comments about Mental Blox 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.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great product wtih many uses!

                    By Lauren

                    from Long Island, NY

                    Pros

                    • Engaging
                    • Versitile

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Mental Blox 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!

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                      5.0

                      Must Have Critical Thinking Game!

                      By Erin Lowmaster

                      from Oregon City, OR

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • fun
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

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                          Comments about Mental Blox 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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                          4.0

                          Fun as a family game or individually

                          By Alesha @ Full Time Mama

                          from Arizona

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                                Comments about Mental Blox Game:

                                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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                                5.0

                                This toy is really versatile!

                                By M_Oachs

                                from Rosemount, MN

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Educational
                                • fun
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Educational
                                  • Tactile
                                  • Visual

                                  Comments about Mental Blox Game:

                                  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!

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                                  5.0

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

                                  By Prnssa

                                  from NH

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                        Comments about Mental Blox Game:

                                        Great for the child who loves to build.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Fun for Critical Thinking!

                                        By Organized Classroom

                                        from Ohio

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Classroom
                                          • Homeschool
                                          • Instruction
                                          • Teaching

                                          Comments about Mental Blox Game:

                                          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.

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