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KEVA Brain Builders

KEVA Brain Builders

Fall 2014 Puzzles
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $19.99

KEVA Brain Builders from MindWare is a fun, rewarding and challenging game that encourages children to turn 2D renderings (30 puzzle cards) into 3D constructs from a kit of 20 KEVA wooden planks. The planks and cards are conveniently packaged in a zippered storage/carrying case.

The game emphasizes the skills of thinking with your hands - as well as your head - observing and visualizing and dimensional thinking. Our 10 year old tester played alone, be it completing a challenge or building her own creation, but also with another person building in a partnership, so it subtly encouraged collaboration. Our only suggestion would be to clarify why some diagrams were classed as easy vs. hard; that wasn't clear and anyone playing would want to know. Very fun, well-priced and rewarding.

Laura Seargeant Richardson   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Currently a Creative Director at argo design, Laura spent more than a decade at frog design, an innovation consultancy. As a designer, speaker, author and mother, Laura believes play is the greatest natural resource in a creative economy and is on a mission to empower kids to be designers of their own play.

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