Q-Ba-Maze = Amazing Building and Marble Play

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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. 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!

  2. 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!