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MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box - Get Creative with Marble Run


MindWare Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 from MindWare is a creative twist to traditional marble run games. It comes with colorful cubes that connect together like puzzle pieces to create your own share and have fun with marble run.

You can create marble maze sculptures in the form of animals, geometric shapes, or any other design. You can connect the cubes to create dinosaur, robot, flower, fish, building etc.

With each different combinations it really interests kids to find out which route the marble is going to take coming down. With every shape it’s going to be something new.

Kids get to explore topics like gravity and probability (which path marble will take?) all while creating a new masterpiece with colorful and translucent cubes.

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box

MindWare Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box is one the more popular option from host of different variants to choose from. Big Box includes 72 cubes in five different colors and 20 steel balls. The cubes are made from a high-quality plastic and come in red, yellow, green, blue and clear blocks.

How does a marble run puzzle cube toy qualify as a STEM toy? That is the interesting part.

The cubes connect easily to create simple structures like towers on a smaller scale. But as you try to build some of more complex structures from idea book or online plans, things start to become more difficult.

You really need to start balancing the structure, think ahead the logic on how to connect next piece, and use your imagination to bring it all together. It may take a while for young kids to get off with making some really complex structures and parents will likely have to help them out. But its fun for grown ups too.

The toy really encourages logic, problem solving, creativity, imagination, cause and effect etc.

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There are multiple variants from MindWare for Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 (note that earlier Q-Ba-Maze are not compatible with 2.0 series Q-Ba-Maze). Some of the variants simply offer different color options but exact same components, while others have more pieces.

You may want to consider some of the add-on accessory options like Stunt Sets. For example, Spin Stunts add-on set includes 1 Roto Catcher, 1 Speed Sprocket, and 10 Marbles and works with your existing Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 cubes to create new structures.

You can check out different options here and choose the one best for you.

Conclusion

The Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 adds a educational and fun twist to traditional marble run toys. The build quality of both cubes and steel balls are quite good.

It difficult to start building complex structures, but that’s where the educational values comes in. If you are thinking of getting marble run for your kids or to gift someone, Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 should be your first choice.

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