Every year I do a “Gifts for the Gifted” series of posts during the holiday season. It’s a bit early for that – although many retailers would disagree with me – but I have a recommendation that will definitely be on this year’s list.
For my Phun Phriday post this week, I am enthusiastically suggesting that you check out the Gravity Maze game from Thinkfun. (Full disclosure: I received this game for review from the company, but I am under no obligation to advertise or write about it.)
Whenever we have indoor recess, I always have a large group of students that race to the container with the Marble Run materials. Others will grab Perplexus to play with. All age levels are fascinated by watching marbles move along a path – particularly if it’s a path they designed.
Gravity Maze will certainly appeal to any child who enjoys these types of activities. It’s a one-player game, but students can work as partners or take turns in a group. The game comes with challenges that increase in difficulty, requiring the player to design a maze using the towers of varying color and size that will result in the marble falling into a certain place once released.
I really feel like Thinkfun has hit a home run with this one! It is a great logic puzzle that will appeal to kinesthetic and spatial learners. It’s also a nice way to expose young children to some construction and engineering concepts.
You can see a video of how the game works embedded below. Also, if you go to Thinkfun’s Gravity Maze page, you will find a review of Gravity Maze by Tom Vasel. You will also see a slide show of other marble/construction games that have been around for awhile, including my absolute favorite when I was a kid, Labyrinth!
Want to see more games that I recommend? Check out my Games and Toys for Gifted Students (actually they are for anyone who wants to challenge their brain and have fun!) That I Recommend Out of the Kindness of My Own Heart, and Not Because I Get Paid, Pinterest Board.
UPDATE: The inventor of Gravity Maze, Oliver Morris, is up for an Inventor of the Year Award! And here is an interesting interview with Wei-Hwa Huang, who designed the challenges for Gravity Maze.