Those of you who have followed our adventure so far will know that Simbrix was invented by a father for his children. His big idea was to give his kids a way to express their creativity without frustration. When Simbrix first came to craft fairs and other events, it proved to be a hit people of all ages.
We believe that the success of Simbrix has something to do with the benefits of focused free play. Throughout Simbrix’s two-year development, a lot of thought was given to the desired balance between creativity and logic. This balance is reflected in every aspect of the final design, from the interlocking mechanism to the feel and finish of the pieces.
What is unique about Simbrix is that it is a puzzle that you create as you play. A key feature of the playing experience is flow or being “in the zone”. As the crafter focus on the fine motor skill activity of connecting pieces, new patterns and ideas develop and lead to new ideas challenges. As a result, the creative and technical potential of Simbrix is endless!
Though we are not consciously aware of it, there is a lot going on under the surface when we play. Like the brain, Simbrix does not come with an instruction manual, and yet it is both intuitive and analytic. From the very first time playing, Simbrix engages the parts of the brain associated with visual reasoning and planning. It involves attention to detail as well as “big picture” thinking. What makes it all possible is our excellent imagination and visio-spatial memory.
Picking up new skills and activities can be very uncomfortable, but when you are immersed in an activity, you do not notice that you are working and learning. Simbrix is a gentle way of keeping you in flow and bringing you out of your comfort zone. Because of its power to capture imagination and attention, Simbrix is a great tool for therapy and education.
See below how Simbrix has been used in the classroom to demonstrate how neurons work:
Learning to use our brains effectively requires us to use different parts of our brain, dedicated to different things. Exercising these different areas is crucial from earliest childhood, all the way through to adulthood. The good news is that there are lots of great techniques for improving your ability to pick up new skills, and the brain’s amazing plasticity means that it is never really too late to change our brains and our lives. For those interested in Learning How To Learn, there is a fantastic course on exactly that now available at www.coursera.org.