Famous Trick Donkeys – Small

Famous Trick Donkeys - Small

Famous Trick Donkeys – Small 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.

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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