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Last Update Date: 19 December 2017
Educational toys improve children's mental skills while providing fun learning processes. Brain development toys are not just 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 although they are not very well known. Example: Have you ever heard of the traditional Turkish educational toy (kind of a game) called mangala?  Or, do you have any idea about a toy called soboran?

Do not worry! We prepared a very detailed article about the most preferred educational toys.

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WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR EDUCATIONAL TOYS?

In this article, I am going to share with you the general information about the most popular brain development toys and their effects on individual's mental development and skills, the suitable age range for these toys, and finally I am going to share 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 on western afterwards. Tangram is an educational toy based on the principle of completing the 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 shows so 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. Seven pieces must be used to make the shape that is decided as a target.

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.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TANGRAM?

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

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR PLAYING TANGRAM?

The best range of age for playing tangram is between 5 and 16. Of course, even if you are older than 16, you are going to face very difficult patterns which are really hard to form.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF TANGRAM?

You can find tangram with different prices between $4-35. The materials and the quality of the toy affect the price directly. Wooden educational toys are more expensive than plastic or carton ones.

HOW TO MAKE TANGRAM AT HOME?

If you do not want to spend money for tangram, it is possible to make tangram at home. Draw the well known tangram templates with the help of a ruler on the cardboard. Then, color and cut them. You can choose the colors. Your tangram is ready! Of course, you can find different patterns to make 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 in the Ottoman Empire's period for all ages. 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. In Turkey, it has been playing very commonly in certain cities. 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 of jumping of wells with stones. There are 12 wells in total for players which are using 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. The player who moves all the stones in his/her own zone has all the stones of his/her opponent.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING MANGALA?

Mangala provides individuals to develop the ability of analytical thinking, memory, future planning, flexibility, and rapid decision making.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR PLAYING MANGALA?

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

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF MANGALA?

Mangala's price in the market varies between $4-17. It is one of the preferred toys among wooden educational toys.

HOW TO MAKE AT HOME?

If you want to make a mangala playing set for yourself, you can use a twelve empty 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 THE 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 that 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 first competition in Turkey was organized by WCA (World Cubic Union) in 2013.

A person who solves 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 TO SOLVING RUBIK’S CUBE?

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

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR PLAYING RUBIK'S CUBE?

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

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR PLAYING RUBIK'S CUBE?

The 2017 current 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 in the Rubik’s Cube.

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 and it consists of 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 aims for children to use technology for their benefits. Since it is not possible to keep the technology age 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 about half an hour daily usage period, so that the time that kids want to spend by using technological devices will be spent most efficiently.

mentalup learning and educational games

WHAT IS THE BENEFITS OF MENTALUP?

MentalUP supports attention, memory, and concentration development. It involves games which support visual-verbal- mathematical intelligence development. Also it is a reliable application.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR PLAYING 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 also attract your attention.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF MENTALUP?

Charging changes according to the period you want to purchase. For more detail, you can subscribe free and check out the 2017 current price options on the “PURCHASE” page.

HOW TO APPLY MENTALUP AT HOME?

If your children do not know how to read, they need an adult assistance for little help (for explaining how to play). If your kids do know how to read, then they can use MentalUP without any adult assistance. By subscribing, you can provide your kids to try 7-day-FREE trial. During this process, MentalUP will give you very important statistics.

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5- WHAT ARE THE TOY BLOCKS? HOW TO PLAY?

Toy blocks are brain improvement toys made of plastic materials using raw material and dyes suitable for individual’s health, consist of the pieces that requires combining small interlaced pieces together. The aim of the toy is combining the pieces together and making different models. It seems 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 which are predicted to be made.

toy block games set

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TOY BLOCKS?

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

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR PLAYING TOY BLOCKS?

The starting age for playing 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, there is medium size and 50 – 100 pieces toy blocks. 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 of models to be made and the number of the pieces of the sets.

6- WHAT IS THE SOROBAN? HOW TO PLAY?

The Soroban is an abacus, 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 arithmetical 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 this discipline, they become specialized in visualization mental skill. Also, Soroban is used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR LEARNING SOROBAN?

Soroban training begins from at the age of 3. This is not suitable for younger babies. People at any age can learn Soroban and so that they become proficient in mental calculation without using calculator.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SOROBAN?

The price of Soroban in the market changes between $7.5-20. The cost of the Soroban may change according to the quality and effort to be made. Experts say that it gives better results if a good Soroban made of wood with good quality. The sizes, material quality, 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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