One of the main reasons behind the inception of “QBOIDZ” was the inability of children under the age of 6 to linearly assemble the “Classic” ENGINO® components. Extensive research with cognitive psychologists and developmental experts showed that children of such younger age, do not have adequate skills for a two-step sidelateral connection and neither the abstract reasoning to comprehend it. An innovative solution was developed in 2016 by designing a new type of “end-receptor”, a joint that would allow direct linear assembly with a single, one-step snap action. The new system became an immediate success, enabling children even from the age of 3 to achieve the ENGINO® snap-fit connection! Together with these rods, a
library of cubic blocks has been developed which further lowers the pay-age to 1.5 years for babies. Like most traditional large-scale brick
systems, toddlers could stack one block over the other and gradually engage into more complex building. The cubic shape also inspired the
What differentiates “Qboidz” blocks from any other brick systems, is the incorporation of the original ENGINO® snap-fit geometries on the cube’s
body! By selectively embedding the ENGINO® bi-directional receptors and the mushroom shaped plugs on the block’s sides, the possibility to
connect rods onto blocks became a reality. Our QBOIDZ system is perhaps the only constructional toy that grows with the child, respecting his or
her needs at every stage of their development, from the age of 3 to 6. Our theory which concurs with latest neurological research- is that by
playing with blocks signals are sent to the brain and activate a particular area which relates to spatial perception and three-dimensional thinking.
By stacking bricks, one section of this area is activated. More and more neurons are stimulated as children play and reconfigure their blocks.
At the age of 1.5 to 3, stacking bricks is one of the healthiest forms of play for kids. However, as they grow older, different levels of stimuli are
needed to enhance their spatial perception. Traditional bricks only allow stacking, limiting brain activation to the particular region only. However,
with QBOIDZ, side-building is possible, adding complexity to the creative process. This complexity activates adjacent neurons not previously
triggered and create new neuron connections called synapses.
There are critical periods during a child’s development which favor specific neural connections. At this age of Junior Engineers, these brain cell
synapses are permanent, much like when learning our first language. By engaging the child in a more complex constructional play, it is possible
to establish such new neuro pathways which relate not only to Spatial awareness but also to Engineering Creativity and Innovative thinking.
At ENGINO® research center we call these stages Levels of Dimensional Thinking™.