Saturday, December 15, 2018

Pendulonium Game

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

This game is new for 2018 and in addition to be labeled a STEM challenge, it is also great fun! It seems like a simple game, and it is, but the learning that's going on too is wonderful for the younger crowd. I have a 5-year-old nephew who is going to love it! It comes with an instruction booklet to help you set up the pieces in various ways with increasing challenge. Players pull the pendulum back and swing to hit the ball that is perched in front of it, hoping to knock over the stacked pieces. You can use said challenges, or design your own. This is the kind of game that gets addicting. You play once, do a great job (or not, ahem) and want to try again and again and again. We have a lot of fun with this one, and I think it would be a welcome gift to give for the holiday season. Learning Resources offers this and so many other great learning ideas for kids that are enjoyable too.

Physics fundamentals become playtime fun with the Pendulonium STEM Challenge from Learning Resources. This hands-on activity set challenges kids to send the included launch balls flying toward goal cups and targets with the help of a three-piece adjustable pendulum. What seems like a collection of simple tasks will actually challenge each child’s engineering, problem solving, and critical thinking skills as they play around with early physics concepts such as force and momentum in search of the ideal solution. In addition to using their brains, kids will also have to make careful use of their muscles—the pendulum in the Pendulonium STEM Challenge is completely kid-powered, and helps build hand-eye coordination and muscle control without the need for extra batteries, springs, or rubber bands. Each activity set comes with a full-color booklet filled with easy-to-build challenges, which also ramp up in difficulty to encourage leveled play and continued development.

• Introduce kids to concepts of force and momentum with the STEM-centered challenges
   of this fun hands-on activity set
• Kids launch balls towards goal cups with the help of a three-piece adjustable pendulum
• Scalable challenges reward kids for devising their own solutions and tweaking their
   approaches through trial and
• Perfect for ages 5 and up

If you like what you see, this can be purchased at Learning Resources, or bought online (including Amazon).