Q-Ba-Maze = Amazing Building and Marble Play

Did you see the New York Times article about the math and language benefits of block play? It made me think of my new favorite building toy, Q-Ba-Maze 2.0, which is more than just blocks – it’s also a marble maze. One of my favorite companies, MindWare, brainy toys for kids of all ages, sent it to me to review.



The clear and colored interlocking cubes attach top to bottom and side to side. Steel balls run downward with gravitational pull at the speed of your design. We’ve been experimenting what cube arrangement is fastest.

How about this arrangement straight up and down?


Or this one with some side to side action?


Maybe this one?


It’s big fun and we’re learning about gravity and velocity at the same time. I highly recommend this as a fantastic learning toy and gift for the holidays! (For kids three and older since there are small metallic balls.)


CONGRATS to  Alida! You won!!

Lucky for us, MindWare is offering Imagination Soup readers the chance to win a Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box valued at $39.95. To enter for a chance to win this random drawing, leave a comment below by November 30, 2011, midnight MST. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to Imagination Soup’s official sweepstake rules. No purchase necessary. Open to individuals in U.S. only, 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited.

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  1. Jenny says

    I love these and so would my son! Joey turns four on the 20th of December and I know these would be an excellent birthday and/or Christmas present!

  2. melissa ensign says

    This looks like yet ANOTHER great learning activity for kids from Mindware, our favorite Christmas list store! I love Mindware because they tap into my kids imagination :).

  3. Leslie says

    This looks amazing and more stable than the marble run we have. Great for my 7 and 4 year olds to play together. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. says

    As avid builders of incredible creations which defy gravity and convention, I think this would be a delightful and stupendous gift! We are nuts for marbles, physics and gravity. I tell my son that building things helps build his brain. He’s very fond of that! Thanks for posting this item! Cheers!

  5. says

    We just played with this game at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair! It’s a fabulous set – my kids were entranced for more than a half an hour, and that’s in the middle of an exhibition hall with dozens and dozens of other competing toy venders. I love MindWare products – they’re pretty fantastic.

  6. Suzanne says

    I love the various possibilities for exploration available using this Mind Ware Toy. This is not just a fun activity but kids spacial perception is expanded –it’s all good.

  7. Erin says

    Thanks for sharing this. I would love it for my son and daughter. My neighbor had a wooden marble toy when I was a kid that I loved.

  8. Dawn S. says

    My son would love this! He has something similar at his preschool and it’s always the first toy he goes to in the morning.

  9. Laurie Rodriguez says

    What a wonderful twist on the classic marble works game we already love! I will have to look onto getting some for my kinder kids at school and for my builder boy at home!

  10. Amy Gilson says

    Love the new blog (new to me)! Can’t wait to dive in and read more. The marble blocks look perfect for my son. Thanks!

  11. MM says

    We have a simple marble run that my kids (4 and 7) have used over and over again since we got it 3 years ago. I love toys like this that are simple yet have such longevity. I’d love to add this to our set!

  12. Iris says

    thanks so much for a chance at the MindWare Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box…!! building and stacking are always a big fave around here and now marbles have become a fascination as well… how cool to have an excellent toy to combine the fun of the two.

  13. Jean-Marie says

    What I love about Q-Ba-Maze is that it it isn’t too complex to inhibit creativity. It looks easy enough for my 4 year old to use alone. You can’t say that about many marble mazes. Marble mazes are magical but the littles sometimes get frustrated by the complexity of them. We would have lots of fun with this set!

  14. Brandy Lane says

    My four kids would love this!!! We aren’t able to afford gifts for Christmas this year, so it would be really great to win this! My son has a processing disorder, and these blocks would be perfect for him since he has to work things with his hands, eyes and ears to understand them! This is awesome! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  15. says

    My nephew is highly gifted and very imaginative. He love to build, play chess, and make things out of anything he can find. This game will be something new for him to explore, especially because it moves! It is a great game for any child to encourage problem solving and critical thinking skills.

    I love that it is colorful and has many facets and ways to manipulate it. It will be an amazing gift for my nephew this year, from his favorite teacher/aunt!

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