Aluminum Cylinder

Aluminum Cylinder

Aluminum Cylinder This is a very high quality puzzle coming from Will Strijbos.  The object is to open up the cylinder.  Looks very nice and is quite challenging to open. Designed by: More ยป

V-CUBE 3 Flat (3x3x3): White

V-CUBE 3 Flat (3x3x3): White

V-CUBE 3 Flat (3x3x3): White V-CUBE 3™ is the 3x3x3 version of the V-CUBE™ family! This is the classical flat-shaped version in WHITE! V-CUBE 3™ is a multicored, three-layered cube with exceptional quality and incredibly smooth rotation. The player is required to discover a strategy to achieve uniform colored sides on her/his V-CUBE 3™. V-CUBE 3™has approximately forty-three quintillion possible permutations and weights only 98g! It consists of 26 smaller pieces, and the solid cross that supports them, enabling them to rotate independently on based axes.

The first thing you see when looking at any puzzle is the photo or illustration of the completed puzzle. On choosing, remember that the image should have some educational value but also be something the child can relate to. If the image is familiar to the child or fulfills the educational objective (like learning colours or naming objects), the experience of completing the puzzle will be all the more enjoyable, satisfying and productive. The image should be easily recognizable so the child can identify it as something they see around them in their everyday life. It should also have distinguishable features to help them decide where to put the piece so that it ends up in the right place.

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Gear Cube Extreme – White

Gear Cube Extreme - White

Gear Cube Extreme – White The Gear Cube Extreme is made with a white ABS plastic body. The Idea of this puzzle is to scramble all of the colors and then organize them backmto the start position. This cube has gears throughout its mechanism which causes edge pieces to rotate out of their normal square position, unlike the original Gear Cube, this puzzle has four pieces that are non-geared, which allow two of the six faces to turn at a 90° angle, as opposed to the other four faces that rotate at an 180° angle. The designer of Gear Cube Extreme, Oskar van Deventer from Leidschendam in the Netherlands, started designing puzzles when he was 12, and has now been designing for over 30 years. Oskar originally designed the four non gear edges independently, so that one could convert their Gear Cube into the Extreme version, which he called the Anisotropic Cube. The Gear Cube Extreme is now manufactured by Meffert’s Rotations Puzzles. Uwe Meffert, born in Wernigerode, Germany, not only manufactures the puzzles, but has designed many of his own puzzles as well.    

Provides a focus for chatting about what is shown in the picture Improves the child’s hand-eye coordination Develops the child’s ability to rationalize size/shape recognition Encourages the steps that are taken by the child in a logical sequencing process Enhances spatial awareness Develops the child’s ability to identify alphabet letters later because doing puzzles has helped them to recognize shapes Encourages perseverance in completing an activity once it is started Builds a child’s confidence and sense of achievement when they complete the puzzle Above all doing puzzles is fun!

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4 Piece Metal Puzzle

4 Piece Metal Puzzle

4 Piece Metal Puzzle This is a high quality metal puzzle.  Take apart the four jigsaw pieces and put them back together again.  Will need some dexterity to get these back together.  Designed by Will Strijbos

Wooden puzzles are an up-to-date version of a traditional toy, and are designed with education in mind. They are exceptional value for money considering the number of positive rewards you can get out of just one toy. It’s an activity that can be shared with friends or family, one which provides a tremendous sense of satisfaction when the last piece is fitted, making the child want to do the puzzle again and again.

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Aluminum Cylinder

Aluminum Cylinder

Aluminum Cylinder This is a very high quality puzzle coming from Will Strijbos.  The object is to open up the cylinder.  Looks very nice and is quite challenging to open. Designed by: Will Strijbos

While there are a plethora of references regarding the benefits of reading books, playing games, etc., this article focuses on the value of wooden jigsaw puzzles as a catalyst for learning in early childhood. Even with the many electronic gizmos and gadgets, oftentimes children are attracted to simple things like a bouncy ball, interesting book and well designed, intriguing jigsaw puzzles.

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.Level 10 – a set of 2 Hanayama puzzles

.Level 10 - a set of 2 Hanayama puzzles

.Level 10 – a set of 2 Hanayama puzzles The following puzzles are in this set. Click on the individual puzzle name to get a more descriptive view of each puzzle: Cast Vortex, Cast Trinity, 

The American Academy of Pediatrics defines early childhood as the ages between one and five years, encompassing the toddler and pre-school periods. Early childhood development occurs rapidly and is widely recognized as extremely important in setting the foundation for future learning, including the social, cognitive, and motor skills needed to handle the demands of pre-school and kindergarten. During these formative years, parents and other caring people in their lives, have the ability to enhance this development by wisely choosing activities that stimulate and challenge their minds.

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B-Lock Puzzle

B-Lock Puzzle

B-Lock Puzzle You’ll be amazed by the complexity of having to open this puzzle.  This lock is made by taking an ordinary lock and changing it into a very difficult lock to open.  Made by Dan Feldman

Are you a person who loves a good mystery? Me too, I also love jigsaw puzzles and you should know the two are now combined to make a mystery lovers life more challenging. These unique puzzles aptly name mystery jigsaw puzzles use the book to spin the tale but to get to the bottom of who dun it the answer lies within the puzzle itself, you cannot solve the mystery without it. There is just one more bit of sleuthing to do the puzzle doesn’t match the jigsaw picture on the box!

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Jigsaw Puzzle 29

Jigsaw Puzzle 29

Jigsaw Puzzle 29 Jigsaw Puzzle 29 awarded the Jury Honorable Mention at the IPP39 in San Diego. Fit all 29 of the Jigsaw Pieces into the tray provided.  The pieces are made from acrylic and although they look like standard jigsaw pieces this is not a traditional jigsaw puzzle. The tray measures: Tray measures: 13.7 cm x 13.7 cm x 0.7 cm / 5.4 in x 5.4 in x 0.25 in Designed by Yuu Asaka

Trying to see how pieces fit and re-assessing where they might go when they don’t fit is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices. Each piece can only go in to one place so there is none of the compromising and trading-off that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to constantly re-evaluate their decisions, and teaches patience with the process as it is an integral part of the game.

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Calvin’s Puzzles – Square 3 Plus – Black Body (Y-SQ2 & W-SQ1)

Calvin's Puzzles - Square 3 Plus - Black Body (Y-SQ2 & W-SQ1)

Calvin’s Puzzles – Square 3 Plus – Black Body (Y-SQ2 & W-SQ1) The Square 3 is made from a high quality black plastic. The idea of for the cube is inspired by Alexander Sosnovsky (CME). They are built based on the previous Square-1 and Square-2. With a little modification, the Square-3 Plus was created with the core and parts of each.  (The yellow side appears as the SQ2 & the white side appears as a SQ1)Scramble the colors (and the shape!) and then return the sticker colors to the original state to solve it.

The simplicity of jigsaw puzzles is deceptive. While the concept is very straightforward – find the pieces and fix them together – there is a surprising level of mental activity required to carry out the steps needed to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are required to undertake what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to an overall pattern. More importantly, solving jigsaw puzzles is a great work out for the brain and can actually have therapeutic benefits.

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Packed Pyramid

Packed Pyramid

Packed Pyramid This is the same as the “Pyramid IV” puzzle, except it is in a box/tray. The challenge is to remove the blocks from the tray, assemble the pyramid than return the blocks to the tray. An additional challenge is to build the pyramid in the tray.  A beautiful handmade, high quality wood puzzle by designer Bill Sheckels. 

The first thing you see when you look at a puzzle is the photo or illustration of the finished puzzle. When choosing, keep in mind that the image must have an educational value, but also something that the child can identify with. If the image is familiar to the child or meets the educational purpose (such as learning colors or name objects), the experience of completing the puzzle will be more enjoyable, satisfying and productive. The image must be easily recognizable so that the child can recognize it as something that they see around them in their daily lives. It must also distinguish functions to help them decide where to place the piece so that it is placed in the right place

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limCube Master Mixup Cube Type 4 – Black Body

limCube Master Mixup Cube Type 4 - Black Body

limCube Master Mixup Cube Type 4 – Black Body Try limCube’s latest puzzle – the Master Mixup Cube (Type 4).  Perfect for the cubers’ Collection!

It provides a focus to talk about what improves in the image the hand-eye child coordination develops the child’s ability to streamline the recognition of size and / or form stimulates the steps taken by the child in a logical order places increases spatial insight Develops the ability of the child to later identify letters of the alphabet because puzzles help them to recognize them Encourages perseverance in completing an activity after it has started Creates the confidence and feeling of satisfaction of a child through the above puzzle to complete everything, making jigsaw puzzles is fun!

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