Yesterday Tracy Johnston Zager asked about the game Equilibrio on twitter:
It looked like a fun game, so I ordered it for delivery today (I’m traveling for work tomorrow and Thursday). Probably not exactly what Tracy was looking for, but here’s our reivew:
First up . . . the unboxing:
At the end of the unboxing we came to the first puzzle. Here’s the attempt from the boys to build their first Equilibrio shape:
Next up, a slightly more difficult puzzle (one level up in the game):
Having completed the 2nd level, we moved on to the third level (sorry for the glare on the book in this video, I didn’t notice that until filming the next one). You can see from the attempt to construct this shape that this game is extremely challenging as well as engaging for kids. Also, there’s some interesting ideas about the math in this game from the kids at the end of this video:
The 4th level – Blue – was really tough. Here I let the boys build for about 5 minutes. They had several failed attempts, so I let them finish with the camera off. The failed attempts are really interesting, though, and you can watch them learn how to build the shape right in front of you! If you are thinking of using this game in a classroom, this is probably the video to watch. It was really interesting for me to watch (and hear) them advance in this task:
So, here’s the completed 4th level shape and then our final thoughts about the game:
So, I’m super excited about this game. One of the things that I’m most happy about is how the kids stayed engaged all the way to the end when they were building each shape – even the really challenging ones. In fact, as I was writing up the blog my younger son was still playing around with the game!!
It was also great to see them solve the problem of building the shapes – sometimes trying supports, learning from the failures, persevering – so exactly the same ideas that help solving math problems.
All in all – I think this is a super game for kids. So glad that I saw Tracy’s post about it yesterday 🙂