Puzzle of the Trick Mules – Trade Card

Puzzle of the Trick Mules - Trade Card

Puzzle of the Trick Mules – Trade Card Trade cards were one of the most popular forms of advertising during the 1800’s and were used to promote anything from dry goods to clothing stores. Sam Loyd was approached by a number of organizations who wanted to use his puzzles to promote their goods and since he owned his own printing press he would design and print these cards. Since they were giveaways many have not lasted the hundred plus years since they were created and so The Sam Loyd Company has opened its archives to make these cards once again available in their original form just the way Sam Loyd made them way back. Cut the card on the lines into three pieces and lay them so that each mule has a correct rider.

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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