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It’s been a while since I last shared a game from Learning Resources, but it’s time for another great share; Mental Blox! This is a fun game for *almost* the entire family.
“Stack, pattern, and match the multicolor shapes, but don’t be fooled by appearances: these endlessly enjoyable blocks mean brain-boosting business! Twenty activity cards keep strategic thinking skills in tip-top shape. Re-create a hidden arrangement or listen to verbal instructions. Set of 20 plastic, chunky pieces feature 4 different shapes and 3 different attributes for a real challenge!”
What I love 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.
There are so many variations with the game as well. One person can look at the card and give instructions to players on how to build the structure and see who comes closest to the image on the card. Or one member from each team can look at the card and then, along with the help of their partner, attempt to build the structure fastest and closest to the image on the card. At the bottom of each card is an additional challenge to help mix it up even more and offer yet another challenge.
When we do play it as a family game we’ve found it necessary to have one person sit out and be ‘the judge’. With some challenges, the teams completed them so close together that it was hard to fairly determine who won without a judge. A judge also made it easier to see who was closest to replicating the image on the card; it was easy to have the block turned at the wrong angle, or use a block that was the right shape but wrong color, etc. Yes, a judge was a perfect solution to this, and we find it was just as fun to be the judge and watch the teams compete as it is to play yourself.
We also love that the difficulty changes. Start at card #1 and go numerically for an easy, slow incline in difficulty, or mix them up to make it more challenging!
It’s been a blast for us to “race” to see who can finish first. We love the challenge and the time spent together too; it’s been such a fun game for family game time! Thanks Learning Resources!
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We were sent the above mentioned product for review purposes. All thoughts expressed are my own.