Engineering Young Minds

Fourple 3d Puzzles

We’ve included fun non competitive construction challenges using 2 dimensional technical drawings/orthographic drawings which guide players to create unique 3 dimensional structures.  These fun puzzles help children develop an important life skill which is especially important of architects, engineers and designers.  Anyone who wants to make something on a 3D printer needs to understand the concept of technical drawings or blueprints.  Three dimensional visualization can be a difficult skill to learn but Fourple 3D Puzzles make it fun and achievable.  Your children can have a head start in their careers because of the challenges you provide at home.

Click on the image to open a PDF of Fourple 3D Puzzles so you can give them a try!

Art Matters

If you’re not in the mood for competition you can build interesting beautiful designs with the game pieces.  Blocks are not just for young children.  People of all ages find it relaxing to explore new ways to arrange the pieces for artistic affects.  The more you do it, the more ideas you’ll have for new structures.  Simple innovation stacking the game pieces helps to exercise creative problem solving.  Many adults haven’t done art since grade school - but they love art when it is not intimidating.  Fourple Art is very easy for anyone. The beautiful game pieces make almost any structure look artistic.

No Ordinary Blocks

The Good

Fourple at it’s most basic level is a set of beautiful birch blocks and cylinders. All of the pieces are unmarked without any alphabet letters or decorative designs. They allow children and people of any age to create beautiful projects.  

The Bad and Ugly

Most children’s blocks sets have too many different shapes and colors to encourage coherent design.   Usually children’s blocks include several primary colors,  squares, rectangles, triangles, arches etc - all mixed together.  The mish mash makes attractive design difficult -even for me, an adult.  Traditional blocks are certainly valuable but they have limitations when it comes to rational design.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" -  Leonardo Davinci

In contrast, Fourple reduces the options to just two shapes but provide plenty of pieces which opens up the world of design, even for a toddler.  Consider the basic brick and the millions of buildings,  streets,  and garden walls that have been creatively designed by stacking one simply shaped piece.  Fourple uses the same concept.  The round shape of the cylinder provides an extra level of diversity but keeps the overall system very simple.

Electronic Babysitter

We know from child development studies that children gain great benefits by playing with blocks. Physically playing with blocks is a foundational activity that helps children develop spatial awareness, hand/eye coordination,  counting, cooperation, creativity,  balance and much more.  If a parent neglects this developmental opportunity and allows too much electronic usage by young children, the child may not reach their full potential.  Children overexposed to electronics will miss out on the inherent pleasure of making physical things now and be will be less competent at making virtual things later.