Work on spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual closure, visual form constancy, eye hand coordination, manual dexterity, coordinated use of both hands, balance, graded release, body awareness, critical and analytical thinking, building 3D models from 2D models
Congratulations, you are now in the construction business! Help Bill & Betty build rectangular and square shaped buildings, always keeping one or both of them on the building at all times to supervise the work. All blocks are made of wood, brightly painted, and well constructed. The same design is on both sides of each block. The 60 challenges increase in difficulty and extend over five different skill levels - starter (ages 5+), junior (ages 6+), expert (ages 8+), master (ages 8+), wizard (ages 8+). The come in a nice spiral book that lies flat. Step-by-step answers are included for the starter and junior puzzles and are printed on the back of each challenge page.
|Challenge 10 Solution to Challenge 10|
- Introduce the puzzle slowly to those who are new to it or need to be taught how to plan and use strategy. Build the whole design but the last piece and let the individual place the last piece. Then build a whole design but the last two pieces and let the individual place them. Then build a whole design but the last three pieces, etc.
- Build the model yourself, thinking out loud as you work to teach how to use logic to plan and use strategy. Let the individual watch. Take the building apart and ask the individual to put it together.
- Encourage the individual to see a block from different angles. If it is the correct piece and he tries it in the wrong orientation and sets it down, ask him to turn it and try again, then again, until he finds the correct orientation.
- Look at the puzzle and, without moving any bricks physically, visualize manipulate them and solve the puzzle. Check your answer.
- Turn a block to the correct orientation and place it on the building if the individual get stuck. Then take it off, rotate it out of orientation, and hand it to the individual to place.
- Turn the block in-hand instead of flipping it on the table to get it into the correct orientation for placement.
- Talk through the reasoning process if the individual gets stuck, such as "the blue block can't go there because then the building will be too high on that side."