Last year I mentioned in my S.T.E.M. books and toys gift guide that I was going to purchase Gravity Maze for my kids, and I stayed true to my word! My ten year old has been enjoying it all year, so I wanted to revisit it as a game of the month and share our experience.
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About Gravity Maze
Gravity Maze, by ThinkFun, is fantastic for developing kids’ visual perception, logic and reasoning skills. The game includes a set of translucent tower mazes in various colors, a building tray, metal marbles and a set of challenge cards (ranging from beginning to expert). Each challenge cards dictates a starting point for tower build, indicating which towers are used, and where the marble exit point should be. Players attempt to build a marble run according to the parameters indicated on each challenge card.
Tips for Playing With Kids
- If your kids like marble runs, Gravity Maze is an excellent variation on that theme. Kids really have to engage their visual perception skills to image the potential path of the marble inside the towers. Unlike traditional marble runs, there are different paths inside the towers to consider and manipulate.
- Even though Gravity Maze is marketed as a single player game, it makes an excellent family cooperative game, especially the expert level cards. One way we approach the game is to have each family member in charge of one color tower. In our house, competition disrupts the peace, so we try to turn every game into a cooperative effort!
- This is a single player game, recommended for kids ages 8 and up. My then-9 year old needed slight guidance with understanding how to place the towers into the base. There are dots on each tower to indicate orientation and placement, and that confused him at first. However, that hurdle was quickly overcome and he was able to easily play independently.
- My 6 year old wanted to play, but he did need me to sit with him and work through each challenge. However he felt quite satisfied each time he was able to complete a challenge successfully.
- Play is not restricted to the challenge cards. Curious kids can create their own mazes independently.
Have you ever played Gravity Maze?
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