Famous Trick Donkeys – Postcard

Famous Trick Donkeys - Postcard

Famous Trick Donkeys – Postcard One of the most popular puzzles ever created is the “Trick Donkeys” puzzle. Invented by America’s premier puzzlist, Sam Loyd, and patented in 1871, there have been millions of copies produced and distributed. Through the years the puzzle has had various names including ‘P.T. Barnum’s Trick Mules’ and was used to promote anything, from the famous Barnum’s circus to department stores. Printed are two donkeys and two jockeys. Cut along the lines and lay the three pieces down so as to show the jockeys racing.

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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