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Pattern Play

Pattern Play

Spring 2009 Puzzles
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $29.95
Pattern Play by Mindware is a set of 40 beautifully colored blocks of varying shapes that fit into a wooden tray. The object is to use all the blocks to reproduce each of the 40 patterns on the challenge cards.

Our young testers were enthralled as they worked on the patterns and put the pieces in order. In fact, they were so engrossed in figuring out which piece went where, and in which direction, there were actually long periods of silence. And in our house, that's a notable event. The challenge cards increase in difficulty from simple to complex, broadening the game's appeal across generations. Whether completing a challenging pattern, describing what the pattern could be (a windmill, a quilt or a butterfly), creating original designs, this seemingly simple box of vibrantly colored blocks continues to surprise its playful users.

Melissa Strunc   ©2009 Parents' Choice

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