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Mental Blox® Go!

Our popular Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game has been especially adapted for children on-the-go!

The perfect travel companion for holidays and long car journeys. Critical thinking game play will encourage problem solving skills. Three-piece storage case features removable challenge tray and contains 20 puzzle pieces

Game box includes: 20 double-sided puzzle cards -16 puzzle pieces in four shapes, colours and patterns. All pieces store inside a three-piece storage case for easy pack up and play. Storage case features removable game tray for easy access when playing. Critical thinking game measures approx 16cm x 16cm

Comes with multicultural game & puzzle instruction book featuring 10 extra ways to play: Shapes Sudoku (10 puzzles) – for 1 player – Memory Match – for 2 players -Slide & Solve – for 2 players – Piece by Piece – for 1 – 2 players – Swap 2 – for 1 -2 players – Attribute 3s – for 2 players – Spot the Blox! What’s Missing? – for 3+ players – Spot the Blox! What’s New? – for 3+ players – 4 x 4 Chess – for 2 players – Tower of 4 – for 2 players

Suitable children 5-9 years

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Price £16.50 Available online www.learningresources.co.uk

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Mental Blox® Go! Reviews

Product Tested By Gemma Roberts – Rhys 5 Years

Gemma Awarded The Mental Blox Go! 5/5

I thought the game looked bright, colourful and good quality. It looked appealing. I think it is great that there are different games to play using the same pieces. I like the fact that it’s aimed at younger children and it’s a great way to develop lots of skills including mental reasoning, patience and turn-taking. The instruction booklet is very clear and the illustrations showing the set up and solution for each puzzle is great and makes it easy to play. My son did play shapes sudoku a few times but he was much more interested in playing games with more than one player. I think a slightly older child might be more likely to enjoy this game but as my son was at the bottom end of the age suggestion for this product I’m sure he will play it more in future! Memory match was  my son’s favourite game and we have played it lots of times! I like that you can play with different levels of complexity – remembering just the shape or the shape and colour or the shape, colour and pattern. My 3 year old had a go at this too and had some success with guesses nearer the end of the game when there were fewer pieces left. Rhys enjoyed playing slide & solve  though found it tricky at times! Patience was an issue sometimes but he could generally be encouraged to continue and finish the game. Maybe one better suited to a slightly older child but great for developing mental agility! I liked that the set includes cooperative games as well so children learn about working together as well as playing in opposition to someone. Rhys played Piece by Piece  a couple of times and enjoyed it, it was a good level of challenge for him but not enough to put him off playing. Rhys found Swap quite difficult so didn’t choose to play it as much as some of the other games. A good concept though and I’m sure he’ll come round to it more as he gets older. Rhys enjoyed Attribute. Being at the low end of the suggested age range, he struggled to think defensively so didn’t always consider what the other player had done but that is a skill which will develop. A great version of the classic noughts and crosses concept.  Spot the blox game was lots of fun. My 3 year old enjoyed hiding the pieces so the rest of us could guess what was missing! This was one of Rhys’ favourite games and we played it lots. He enjoys the speedy nature of it – who can spot the missing block first! Although Spot the Blox! What’s New? is the same concept as the previous game, it didn’t get chosen quite as much. It is a good variation though and challenges thinking. This chess games was a bit advanced for Rhys, we had a bit of a go at it but remembering what moves each piece could make as we went along was tricky for him and as a result it didn’t really hold his attention. Definitely one for a slightly older child so we will come back to it when he is a little bit older. The tower od game  took quite a lot of thought and Rhys needed supporting quite a lot when playing it. Another one that he will find easier as he gets older so it will likely be played more in the future. The game is compact and self-contained making it easy to pack so it won’t take up much room. It is sturdily made so I wouldn’t worry about it getting damaged at all. The range of games including some single player games means that it works for car journeys too. Rhys enjoyed playing these games and often chose to get it out. We didn’t have the opportunity for him to try it with friends and his sister is a bit young for a lot of the games so he mostly played it with me and his dad. We did play together as a family and the games are fun for the whole family. As I mentioned, there are ways in some of the games for a younger sibling to get involved too. The games did engage Rhys but as he is only 5, he mostly wanted to play with someone rather than by himself so I would say he was a bit young for it to be engaging as 1 player game. He definitely found the games entertaining though and it is something which will last a while and he will get more out of as he gets older. I was impressed by how sturdy the storage case is. It stores the blocks and the instructions easily and neatly and is compact so easy to tidy away. Rhys chose to play one of the games 2-3 times a week on average I would say so it has been quite popular! We have only used the game at home so far but are going on holiday this week and will be taking it with us as it will be good entertainment while we are away. As mentioned, there are some games which my 5 year old found challenging but there were plenty of options that he could access and enjoy now so yes, I think the age suitability is correct. My son enjoyed the variety of games. Rhys enjoys anything he feels is maths related so the geometric shapes appealed to him too. I also liked the variety of games you can play with one set of pieces, it is a well thought out concept. And the clear instructions make it easy to play too. The fact that the games help to develop a range of skills while the child thinks they are playing is great. The quality is great – both the pieces and the case are very well-made and feel like they will last for a long time. I think the price is great considering the number of games you can play with the set. This is exactly the sort of game I would buy for my child. The price is good, the quality is great and it feels like a product which my son will get more from as he gets older too. I would recommend this. The games are fun while developing useful skills and the range of games included mean it is likely to get played more often. I really liked the concept of this game and think it has been done really well. The quality is great, the instructions clear and easy to follow and the variety of games included offer lots of options to play. We enjoyed playing this game a lot as a family and it has really appealed to my son. A great game, well-made and one which will last for a good length of time. Gemma Roberts – Rhys 5 Years

Product Tested By Areej Yasser – Nawal & Ilya – 5 & 3 Years

Areej Awarded The Mental Blox Go! 4/5

Well my kids first impression was to unbox and start playing! So I can say I was impressed by that. I have always preferred to buy toys that were educational so this was a perfect game. Instructions very clear and easy to follow. Nawal I felt was a bit too young to understand the sudoku game. Nawal loved the memory match, she would play for hours. She found the slide & solve game quite difficult to understand but hopefully will be able to play in the future. Nawal loved to play the Piece by piece game. The Swap 2 sounds like a really good activity but found it hard to understand. Attribute I thought was a very good game but children found it difficult to understand. Nawal thoroughly enjoyed Spot the blox game and it was great for her memory. She also enjoyed Spot the Blox! What’s New as much as the ‘What’s missing’ game. The chess game was not easy for her to understand so never really had a chance to play this game. The tower od my 5 year old felt it was repetitive, my 3 year old (even though too young for it) he thoroughly enjoyed it, kept him quiet for a good 30mins which is quite rare for him. I definitely agree this is a great toy to take on the go, it’s very compact, has a lot of different games to keep kids occupied, better than giving them phones or tablets. Whilst some games were a bit complicated, the majority were exactly what my daughter needed, its stimulates the mind, great game for developing her memory and patience. Some of the games that were more complicated were better played with an adult to run her through the game. I definitely agree that it is the perfect game for keeping them entertained, gets used quite a lot during the week. I’m impressed with the storage as its compact and sturdy. Keeps everything in place, even has storage for the instructions. My children would use this a few times a week, I think it’s been getting a lot of good use so far. They have mostly played this at home, I have not had the chance yet to test it whilst travelling. I feel this game is better suited for over 5 year olds, although my 3 year old had a go at some of the games it was still too advanced for him to understand. My daughter loves the colours and patterns in this game. For me the game took me by surprise, as it looks quite simple and basic. I was not expecting it to have a lot of different games. This is very sturdy and definitely good quality, the patterns seem to be scratch resistant as even after intensive use, they look brand new. Whilst I think it’s a great toy with lots of activities I do think the price could be a bit cheaper, now that I know what it offers I would most likely pay between £10-12. Price does put me off but if I saw it for cheaper than definitely would, it’s a great game. I would recommend this, I think it’s important for kids to have a few toys that are developmental, they are great for a lot of reasons, one reason is to learn how to focus. The only downside is the price otherwise it’s such a great game, it’s perfect to take out on day trips or holidays, it’s better than having phones or tablets as it is something that can be played with more than 2 players, this teaches them to be patient between turns, more family activity time. Areej Yasser – Nawal & Ilya – 5 & 3 Years

Product Tested By Janice Hope – Thomas 8 Years

Janice Awarded The Mental Blox Go! 5/5

Very excited to receive it looked exciting. Thought the concept was very good. Quite clear instructions. Enjoyed the sudoku part of the game and the noughts and crosses part. We played memory match together and enjoyed it. But found the puzzle part harder. The slide and solve game my son did find a bit too challenging. He did enjoy Piece by Piece but did get a bit bored with this game. My son really enjoyed the game Swap 2 and played this with his sister. The Attribute 3s was enjoyed by both of us. Spot the blox what’s missing  was a fun game but my son felt it was a bit too young for him. Spot the Blox what’s new was enjoyed by my son. My son really died enjoy the chess fame. Tower od was enjoyed but not one of his favourites.  It is very good for travelling as the pieces are not too small to be lost. My son did enjoy all the games on offer and enjoyed playing with siblings, friends and family. Tom has speech difficulties and is having extensive speech therapy at the moment. Part of his therapy is to have short sessions with single family members to play  short games (no iPad or electronic games). This game has been brought into this sessions regularly.  This certainly did keep him entertained. The storage case is ideal for storage and travelling. We would play the games on this all the time. This has been played at home, on our travels and on holiday. I do agree the age suitability was ideal. My son seems to like the challenges set by the variety of games on offer. I liked the idea of more than one game in the box so different challenges each game and the neatness of it all in one box. Quality is excellent and virtually indestructible. Excellent value for money as said above variety of games at multiple levels.  I would buy this game.  I have already recommended and I have in fact he has taken it to his speech therapist and they were very interested in purchasing one. Really helped with our sessions.  It’s very hard to try and keep fun and discussion in our speech therapy sessions  so as to keep Tom interested was great.  The game helped enormously i.e. discussing rules and tactics.  Janice Hope – Thomas 8 Years

The quality is great – both the pieces and the case are very well-made and feel like they will last for a long time. I think the price is great considering the number of games you can play with the set. This is exactly the sort of game I would buy for my child. The price is good, the quality is great and it feels like a product which my son will get more from as he gets older too. I would recommend this. The games are fun while developing useful skills and the range of games included mean it is likely to get played more often. I really liked the concept of this game and think it has been done really well. The quality is great, the instructions clear and easy to follow and the variety of games included offer lots of options to play. We enjoyed playing this game a lot as a family and it has really appealed to my son. A great game, well-made and one which will last for a good length of time.

Awards

Gemma Awarded The Mental Blox Go! 5/5

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