Balance Beans

 
 
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What you need to know: Balance Beans is a 1 player logic game for ages 5 and up. It comes with a balance tray, 9 bean pieces (3 single beans, 3 double beans, and 3 triple beans), and 40 challenge cards ranging from easy to super hard. The goal of each challenge card is to figure out how to balance the beans on the seasaw.

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To play: Pick a challenge card of your choice and set up the game as shown (see above). The card will also tell you which pieces you need to add to create a balance. In this case we have to add one single bean. Now all you have to do is figure out where to add the single bean to balance the seasaw.

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See the solution in the picture above.

Here is another example of a more difficult puzzle. The challenge is to add 2 triple beans and 1 single bean to balance out the seasaw.

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We added 1 single piece and 1 double piece to one side and one triple piece to the other. So fun!

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Skills it works on: Problem-solving, persistence, attention, and intro to algebra (without kids even knowing).

Fun Fact: When you balance the seesaw you are actually balancing an equation.

Tip: Balance Beans is a great quiet time game and would be fun during travel.

You can purchase Balance Beans here.

 
helen sadovsky