2-4 players • 15 min • 7 & up
Study the matrix grid, and then make your move. Slide a group of marbles across the grid so that two or more matching marbles line up, and then collect the matching set(s). At the end of the game, players score one point for each set of three matching marbles in their storage tray. The player with the most points wins!
Marble Matrix is a fun game that challenges players to use visual spatial thinking to move marbles on the board so that marbles of the same color align. Moving marbles involves sliding them according to rules that limit number and types of moves. Players need to visually scan the board to identify potential moves and determine how a specific move may set up future moves. However, each play changes the arrangement of marbles on the board, making prediction difficult. This adds an element of risk and reward to the game. Because players need three marbles of the same color to earn a point, players also need to plan moves according to colors they are trying to collect, not just to make a match. Players need to be able to add and subtract up to 20.
Skills Focus : Spatial Reasoning, Fine Motor Skills
- 1 Gameboard
- 48 Marbles (8 of each color)
- 4 Marble Storage Trays
- 1 Storage Bag
- 1 Rules Booklet
What Does Child Do To Use Skill In The Game?
Players decide which marbles can be moved to make color matches, and determine which to move to get the color match they want.
How Parents Can Assist Learning
Often there are numerous matching opportunities on a player’s turn. Remind younger children to look at the board carefully during play, and to look at the colors other players are collecting. This will help children think both tactically and strategically.
Learning Implications and Educator Support
Marble Matrix involves examining the board and creating mental models of the consequences of sliding different marbles. When first learning to play, players may only think about matching colors to collect on their turn. As they become more proficient, they will engage in more complex strategy and goals like trying to collect all 6 of a color or blocking others from collecting certain colors. Thus, players are not only considering the tactics of sliding marbles to make matches, but also determining when to be more strategically offensive and defensive during the game. Often there are numerous matching opportunities on a player’s turn. Remind younger children to look at the board carefully during play, and to look at the colors other players are collecting. This will help children think both tactically and strategically.
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List Price: 40.00