Our family tried out a new critical thinking game recently called Illusion Cubes — another great STEM product we got through Timberdoodle.
The puzzle contains 24 double-sided tiles and an instruction booklet filled with 120 challenging designs, arranged in gradually increasing levels of difficulty.
Although shading makes these matte-finished puzzle pieces look like cubes, they are really relatively flat.
The design incorporates a small notched lip underneath that allows one piece to slide beneath another for easier stacking.
This single-player game aims to increase spacial awareness and visual perception skills.
Although it was designed to be played by one person at a time, there are enough tiles that several of the simpler designs can be built simultaneously.
And that fact means two players can race to finish those easier challenge, which my kids thoroughly enjoyed doing until they reached the more difficult designs farther into the booklet.
But then they teamed up and completed those challenges together.
So, for us, the game was not only a great exercise in critical thinking, but also in cooperation.
Ready to build some cool optical illusions yourself? Then order your own set of Illusion Cubes. This thinking puzzle is available from Timberdoodle. You can purchase it individually or as part of their 2022 10th Grade Curriculum Kit
While you’re on the Timberdoodle website, I’d encourage you to look around. We love everything we’ve ever ordered from this small family-owned company!
PLEASE NOTE: As a member of the Timberdoodle blog team, I routinely receive free or deeply discounted products in exchange for writing honest reviews. Opinions expressed in these posts are 100% my own. I’ve been a happy and enthusiastic Timberdoodle customer for decades — long before I ever started blogging for their company.