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Up to six players can have profiles on a device, which makes Thinkrolls a great station activity for classrooms with a few shared devices. Kids can work through a few levels as brain-building exercises. Thinkrolls is also fun enough to offer for a game or free-play activity.Continue reading Show less
Thinkrolls is a preschool-friendly physics platformer that's addictively fun for all ages. No instructions are provided, so kids have to think critically and employ physics logic to figure out how to solve each level. Each device holds profiles for six players, with challenge levels customized to be easy or hard.
Kids start by choosing a ball from several spunky choices. They then work their way through a dozen or so levels for each chapter, rolling the ball along a path, getting through various obstacles. Chapter 1 introduces a cookie that must be eaten to get it out of the way, and Chapter 7 combines skills learned at prior levels and has kids looking several moves ahead as they use elevators to time their moves. Kids have to figure out how to get past obstacles without getting stuck, but each level can be replayed. If kids do get stuck, they just hit the restart circle to start over. The reward comes from completing each level successfully rather than from earning points or penalties, so kids are free to experiment and learn.
With seven chapters comprising about a dozen levels, each introducing a different physics concept through familiar objects, there's quite a bit to keep kids challenged. As they play, kids can unlock new characters and choose which to roll through each level. Thinkrolls is an extremely fun, but totally educational, activity for kids. Failure isn't an option -- kids get as many chances as they need with no penalty. Each level builds on the one before, allowing kids to master one concept before introducing a new challenge. The full-of-personality Thinkroll characters appeal to kids of all genders, challenging them with thought-provoking fun.
Key Standards Supported
Matter and Its Interactions
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.