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Every day you play with it is a new education. The sheer pleasure of play leads to exploration and endless discovery with this kinetic toy.
When you first see the Ball of Whacks, you may think, “Ah, another Rubik’s Cube.” Not so. The ball shape is formed by 30 rhombi (a rhombus is an equilateral quadrilateral, opposite sides are parallel). Held together magnetically, these rhombi can be combined in endless ways to form amazing designs. The magnetic ball is easy to reform. If you are genius enough, tackle the 5 platonic solids.
Because the magnets attract and repel on different surfaces, putting the Ball of Whacks together is addictive and challenging. Even more fun is the fact that the magnet toy's pieces subtly shift and slide- often choosing a better connection than the one you first initiated. Just like in the fascination of a great experiment, the unplanned results are often better than the strategized ones.
Enhance creativity and initiate problem solving sessions with The Ball of Whacks. Stimulate playfulness and add fun to your learning/working environment. The Ball of Whacks is invaluable to the classroom, therapy sessions, and can provide help with pain management. It provides a valuable tool for distraction and refocusing the mind. This tactile, sensory toy rewards the auditory and tactile senses with a satisfying "click" as smooth, pyramid-shaped pieces attach.
Let yourself grow in creative play. Connect right & left sides of the brain for a thinking/creative experience. Expand your logic capabilities with first focus on abstract shapes, then try geometric shapes – polygons, patterns, stars… combine more than one Ball of Whacks for incredible constructions, even mix other items with magnetic Ball of Whacks for more creative stimulation! If you purchase one playful creativity-inspiring resource, the Ball of Whacks is an excellent choice.
Ball of Whacks by Creative Whack
A Kinetic, Magnetic Toy; 30 Piece Rhombic Triacontahedron
The Ball Of Whacks - 30 design blocks, using magnetism to adhere
Endless possibilities for creative & logical connections
Connects right & left sides of the brain for a thinking/creative experience
Encourages hand & eye interactions, message delivery to & from the brain
Gain confidence in creativity involving forms – rewarding results in seconds
Ideal for creative types, intelligent people, aficionados of Lego toys, entrepreneurs, average Joes
Create the symmetries of all five platonic solids
A perfect coffee table toy, TV watching accompaniment, travel toy
Informational workbook includes ideas for enhancing the creative process
Contains 180 rare earth magnets
Warning: Keep away from pacemakers
Age rating: 14+, due to small magnets contained within toy
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But how does this help me? You can use these graphs as a general measure of it's appropriateness for a given age and gender. While this information is generally accurate, it should not be used as an absolute answer. For instance, many dinosaur toys are purchased for boys, however, that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for a girl who happens to like dinosaurs.
NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 14 years of age.
Identified Special Needs Challenges: ADD/ADHD,
"My ADHD sons like to touch and handle objects, and the Ball of Whacks is a great thing to take apart and put together again. It's also very hands on and is a concrete way of practicing problem solving skills."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Aspergers,
Sensory Integration Disorder
"My Aspergers's sons probably spend a lot more time using this toy than other teenagers might. They do get obsessed with things, and right now it is the Ball of Whacks. I am thrilled that it is an excellent and quiet fidget that is age-appropriate and acceptable to teenagers. We needed a good fidget that didn't look like it was for little kids! "
Review of Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks
Posted 18 days ago by Sue Austin
My 2 granddaughter's ages 9 and 6 were interested with the ball. They immediately started taking the pieces apart. . The older one took the instruction book and started reading then put it aside and started trying making "star" shapes. The younger one just experimented with the pieces to see what they would do. They worked together showing each other and me the shapes they made. they probably played with the ball for 45 minutes. We were also working with magnets during the earlier part of the girl's visit so they were really interested in that.
A rating of Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks
Posted 7/25/2013 by Julie Moeller
I purchased this for my son turning 12. He wanted to play with it as soon as he opened it. Then it took awhile to redirect his attention to his remaining presents! When he did, his older brother & father took turns with it. When he got it back from them, he took it to bed with him!
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