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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. This would be a fun and creative activity for my daughter and her cousin! Thanks for the chance to win!