Wednesday, November 3, 2010

IcoSoKu

Publisher: Recent Toys USA


 Players: 1

Ages: 6+

IcoSoKu Rules: http://www.recenttoys.com/fileadmin/user_upload/handleiding-producten/icosoku-instr-EN.jpg

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Speaking of ways to get kids to practice math without them feeling like they are practicing math. The IcoSoKu is a puzzle ball where basic math skills (counting/adding to 12) and logic are necessary for success.


The puzzle consists of two types of removable pieces; the yellow, circular numbers 1 - 12 and the white, triangular pieces with 0 - 3 dots in each corner.

At each junction where five corners come together, the total number of dots need to equal the number displayed on the yellow circle.

Depending on the ages and ability of the player, I would recommend introducing the IcoSoKu in stages.
  • First, knowing that all of the pieces are in the right place when you first get it, take out ONLY the yellow pieces and have them practice adding the corners and putting them pack in the right places
  • Second, once correctly solved, take out ONE of the triangles and have them figure out how to rotate the triangle appropriately to fit mathematically.
  • Thirdly, start increasing the number of tiles you remove.
  • Finally, once they feel comfortable with replacing all of the tiles, take EVERYTHING out and see what they can do.

This last step is where things might get frustrating, so make sure you progress along the stages at a comfortable pace.

I like the IcoSoKu, even though I can never quite say it right, and the kids are having a lot of fun playing with it on the early part of stage three.

If you are looking for a useful, staged math tool, or if you just enjoy the logic involved in solving puzzles, then you should check out the IcoSoKu.

One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of IcoSoKu. The fact that a sample was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the puzzle.

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