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Last Update Date: 13 July 2018
Educational toys improve children's mental skills while providing fun learning processes. Brain development toys are not limited to the toys we have always heard of like chess, checkers, Rubik’s Cube, puzzles, or toy blocks. There are also other useful educational toys for children. For instance, have you ever heard of the traditional Turkish educational toy (kind of a game) called mangala or any idea about a toy called soboran?

Don't worry! We have a very detailed article about the most preferred educational toys.

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WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR EDUCATIONAL TOYS?

In this article, we are going to share with you general information about the most popular brain development toys and their effects on individual's mental development and skills, suitable age range for these toys, and finally their average prices on the market.

WHAT IS TANGRAM? HOW TO PLAY?

Tangram was discovered in the Far East in the 18th century according to the findings of experts and then it became popular in the western world. Tangram is an educational toy based on the principle of completing a puzzle by moving and rotating the seven shapes. The tangram puzzle consists of 7 geometric pieces which are normally boxed in the shape of a square.  The pieces, called 'tans', are used to create different patterns including animals, people, numbers, geometric shapes and many more. The toy includes a booklet which explains many different tangram patterns. There are 5 triangles, 1 square, and 1 parallelogram in the box. These pieces can be made of stone, bone, plastic or wood. All seven pieces must be used to make the targeted.

In addition to the classic square 7-piece tangram, there are also 4-piece T-Tangram, 9-piece Heart Tangram, and 9-piece Egg Tangram.

tangram

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TANGRAM?

Tangram supports improvement of skills such as attention, visual intelligence, future planning and logic reasoning (problem solving).

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR TANGRAM?

The best age range to play tangram is between 5 and 16. Of course, even if you are older than 16, you may find some patterns difficult to form.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF TANGRAM?

Tangram is available between $4-35. The materials and the quality of the toy will change the price. Wooden ones are more expensive than plastic ones.

HOW TO MAKE TANGRAM AT HOME?

If you do not want to spend money for tangram, it is possible to make it at home. Draw the well known tangram templates with the help of a ruler on the cardboard. Then, paint and cut them. You can choose different colors. Your tangram is ready! Of course, you can find different patterns on the Internet. The materials in your home will usually be enough to create the tangram game kit.

2- WHAT IS MANGALA? HOW TO PLAY?

Mangala is a Turkish strategy game believed to be found by Turkish shepherds in Central Asia. Experts think that mangala has a 4000-year history. It was very popular at the time of the Ottoman Empire. There are more than 200 different playing styles of the game. It is generally called mangala.

The mangala is played with different styles and rules in each country. The game has been very popular in Turkey. It has been registered as an intelligence and strategy toy by the Ministry of Culture in 2009.

mangala

The game is based on the strategy over jumping of wells with stones. There are 12 wells in total to put players' stones. Each player has 24 stones and the total stones are distributed to the wells as 4 stones for each well. The first player takes 4 stones in any of the wells on his/her side and leaves one of the stones where he/she takes them all. Then, player distributes the rest of the stones one by one on the right direction to the wells and finishes all the stones. The player who has only one stone left in the well can move that stone to the right well. The game ends when all the stones of any player are completely over.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING MANGALA?

Mangala helps individuals to develop their ability of analytical thinking, memory, future planning, flexibility, and rapid decision making skills.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR MANGALA?

The best age to start playing Mangala is 6. It is a fun and enjoyable strategy game for all ages over 6 years old. Mangala is an educational toy and it is also a popular game for adults.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF MANGALA?

Mangala's price in the market varies between $4-17.

HOW TO MAKE IT AT HOME?

If you want to make a mangala playing set for yourself, you can use an empty twelve egg cup roll and marbles or beans as game stones. For treasure boxes, 2 empty cups will be okay. That is all! By combining these materials you can design a mangala game set.

3- WHAT IS RUBIK'S CUBE?

The Rubik's Cube is also called as Intelligence Cube or the Patience Cube. The standard 3 × 3 × 3 model, known as the Rubik's Cube, is made of 9 squares per face. So, it has total of 54 squares. There are also multi-layer rubik cubes such as 4 × 4 × 4, 5 × 5 × 5, 6 × 6 × 6, 7 × 7 × 7, and 11 × 11 × 11. By 2007, 300 million of Rubik's Cube had been sold and it is known as the world's best-selling intelligence toy. The Rubik's Cube was made by Hungarian architect and sculptor Erno Rubik in 1974.

In 2002, the first non-official Rubik's Cube contest was held in the Netherlands. Then, in 2003, the Rubik's Cube world championship was organized.

The person, who can solve Rubik's Cube very fast can make 8 moves in a second. The average duration of fast players is about 20 seconds. Chinese Ruxin Liu who is the youngest Rubik's Cube solver is 3.5 years old. Most young players are under 5 years old and 80 percent of them are girls. An educational toy like Rubik's Cube is also very attractive to adult users.

rubic cube educational games

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RUBIK’S CUBE?

Rubik's Cube supports development of rapid thinking, logical reasoning, finger dexterity, and hand-eye-brain coordination improvement in individuals.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR RUBIK'S CUBE?

The starting age for Rubik's Cube is 3. It is suitable for all ages after the age of 3. It is not suitable for toddlers under 3 years earlier.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF RUBIK'S CUBE?

The price of Rubik’s Cube in the market today varies between $5-35. The difference in prices is based on the size and the quality of the material used.

4- WHAT IS MENTALUP?

MentalUP is an online application that is developed by the academicians who are specialized in their fields with the support of specialist doctors in pedagogy. It has many multi-directional educational games. Although MentalUP is technically not a toy, it is developed on the basis of children’s idea of considering smart technology as toys and it aims to use technology for their benefits. Since it is not possible to keep children completely away from the technology, a working plan which is appropriate for children’s age has been created according to recommended daily usage periods by experts. MentalUP Educational and Learning Games allows kids have half an hour daily usage period, so that the time that kids want to spend on technological devices will be spent efficiently.

mentalup learning and educational games

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MENTALUP?

MentalUP improves attention, memory and concentration development. It includes games which support visual-verbal- mathematical intelligence development.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR MENTALUP?

It is suitable for 4-year-old and older kids (pre-school), school-age-kids, and also even for adults. It is not suitable for toddlers under 3 years earlier. It automatically detects the most suitable games for user’s age and capacity. The brain teaser games that MentalUP offers for every ages and levels are quite fun for adults as well. If you enjoy playing riddles and brain teasers, MentalUP brain teaser games may get your attention.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF MENTALUP?

You can use the free version and after price depends on the subscription period. For more detail, you can subscribe free and check out the price options.

HOW TO PLAY MENTALUP AT HOME?

If your children do not know how to read they need some assistance to play. If your kids know how to read, then they can use MentalUP without any assistance. By subscribing, you can have a FREE trial. During this period, MentalUP will give you some important statistics.

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5- WHAT IS TOY BLOCKS? HOW TO PLAY?

Toy blocks are brain improvement toys made of plastic pieces that requires combining small interlaced pieces together. The aim of the toy is puttining combining the pieces together and making different models. It is possible to make any shapes that you think of with toy blocks. For example, you can make dollhouses, make hand tools or similar kits. In short, what you can do is limited by your imagination.

The number of pieces in the package of toy blocks changes according to the models.

toy block games set

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TOY BLOCKS?

Toy blocks improve thinking skills, imagination, and creativity of individuals. It supports mental development of babies and growing kids.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR TOY BLOCKS?

The starting age for toy blocks is 3 ages. This is not suitable for younger babies. The toy blocks for babies are bigger and with less pieces. For growing kids, toy blocks are medium size and 50 – 100 pieces. The number of pieces for adults may exceed 1,000.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF TOY BLOCKS?

The price of toy blocks in the market changes between $5-50. The prices changes according to the sizes the number of the pieces of the sets.

6- WHAT IS SOROBAN? HOW TO PLAY?

The Soroban is an abacus and which was considered to be the basis of calculator, was firstly used in the Far East in the 14 th and 15 th centuries. The classical model of Soroban is used today for mental arithmetic studies.

The single beads at the top represent the number 5, and the 4 beads at the bottom represent the number 1. The number of bars in Soroban can be 17, 23, and 27. In the basic Soroban, there are 13 bars and these are always odd numbers.

soroban learning game set

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOROBAN?

People who learn to use Soroban start learning the mental arithmetic calculation method called Anzan. As a result of that, they improve their visualization mental skills. Also, Soroban is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR SOROBAN?

Soroban training begins from the age of 3. People at any age can learn Soroban and can improve their calculation skills.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SOROBAN?

The price of Soroban in the market changes between $7.5-20 depending on the quality. The material quality, size, and dimensions are important because they will give you a superior ability in calculation. So, choosing a cheap Soroban may not be a good idea.

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