Matiermatik

Matiermatik

Matiermatik A cute packing puzzle by Jean-Claude Constantin. The 9 numbers have been represented here as cute animals (several of which look surprised). The objective is to remove all of the animals/numbers and replace them back into the frame. Some protrusions have been added into the frame for continuity of the shapes. Made in laser-cut wood by Jean-Claude Constantin. Jean-Claude Constantin lives in Germany, where he designs and manufactures many different wood and metal puzzles, as well as magic tricks.

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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