Category Archives: Toys/Games

Scramble Squares – Angels

Scramble Squares - Angels

Scramble Squares – Angels Scramble Squares are nine piece tessellation puzzles that are “Easy to Play, But Hard to Solve”, for ages four to 104 in 56 styles of brilliant original art on topics of nature, sports, history, culture, science, technology, hobbies and activities. The object of the Scramble Squares® puzzle game is to arrange the nine colorfully illustrated square pieces into a 12″ x 12″ square so that the realistic graphics on the pieces’ edges match perfectly to form a completed design in every direction.   The full 9-piece puzzle creates an enormous number of possible combinations in a 3 piece x 3 piece pattern, but only one possible solution! The package features an educational panel of information on the subject matter of the puzzle along with a trivia question.  A great puzzle for ages 4 to 104! Puzzle art by Nina Dooley.  Educational facts by Marshall Gavin.

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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Scramble Squares – Vintage Airplanes

Scramble Squares - Vintage Airplanes

Scramble Squares – Vintage Airplanes Scramble Squares are nine piece tessellation puzzles that are “Easy to Play, But Hard to Solve”, for ages four to 104 in 56 styles of brilliant original art on topics of nature, sports, history, culture, science, technology, hobbies and activities. The object of the Scramble Squares® puzzle game is to arrange the nine colorfully illustrated square pieces into a 12″ x 12″ square so that the realistic graphics on the pieces’ edges match perfectly to form a completed design in every direction.   The full 9-piece puzzle creates an enormous number of possible combinations in a 3 piece x 3 piece pattern, but only one possible solution! The package features an educational panel of information on the subject matter of the puzzle along with a trivia question. Puzzle art by Greg Huber.  Educational facts by Marshall Gavin.

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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Catch Phrase – Ultimate Edition

Catch Phrase - Ultimate Edition

Catch Phrase – Ultimate Edition The Ultimate Catch Phrase game unit is designed so that players can toss it instead of passing it — putting the “catch” back into Catch Phrase! Players try to get teammates to guess the word or phrase that appears on the screen by describing it in just about any possible way — but they have to do it fast as the timer counts down! If a teammate can’t guess the word within 15 seconds, the unit will beep and it’s time to toss it to another team member who’ll get a chance at a new word. Don’t get caught holding the unit when the buzzer goes off or your team loses the round and the other team gets the point. The Ultimate Catch Phrase electronic party game features 5,000 words never seen in previous Catch Phrase games. Categories include: Around the World, Fun and Games, On the Air, Snack Time, and The Great Outdoors. Hasbro Gaming and all related trademarks and logos are trademarks of Hasbro, Inc.• Includes game unit, and instructions.• Ages 12 and up• For 4 or more players.• Requires 3x 1.5V AAA Alkaline Batteries. (Batteries Not Included)

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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MoFangGe Timur Gear Halpern-Meier Tetrahedron – Ice Clear Body

MoFangGe Timur Gear Halpern-Meier Tetrahedron - Ice Clear Body

MoFangGe Timur Gear Halpern-Meier Tetrahedron – Ice Clear Body After his Gear Pyraminx, designer Timur Evbatryov came up with another design of a tetrahedron with gears. In this case the cuts were placed in a different depth which made the small triangle in the center of each face visible. This also changed the number of teeth for the edge and corner pieces. To fully restore the original position, you have to repeat one move 24 times, that is, the corner has to be turned around 28 times.This puzzle allows a special move were two opposing edges are moved the same time.

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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Ghost Skewb – Black Body with Gold Labels

Ghost Skewb - Black Body with Gold Labels

Ghost Skewb – Black Body with Gold Labels The Ghost Skewb is a very difficult shape-mod puzzle.  It has non-uniform cuts around the cube so that no two pieces have an identical shape.It is stickered with only one color and the solved state is a midturn condition, which means only one move is possible from the start.  

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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3×3 Building Block Cube with Tiles – Kit

3x3 Building Block Cube with Tiles - Kit

3×3 Building Block Cube with Tiles – Kit A classic 3×3 puzzle with building block tiles that are the faces of the cube! This smooth turning cube is adjustable, and comes with a stand. Package includes: (1x) 3x3x3 Cube (1x) Screw Driver (1x) English Manual (1x) Lube 4ml (1x) Stand (1x) Screw Set (1x) Tile remover    

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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Full Function 3x3x10 II – Stickerless

Full Function 3x3x10 II - Stickerless

Full Function 3x3x10 II – Stickerless The WitEden 3x3x10 II is a shape shifting cuboid puzzle.  This version has a different middle layer than the first, that changes the solve.

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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Gray Mirror Illusion Siamese – (Black-White Body)

Gray Mirror Illusion Siamese - (Black-White Body)

Gray Mirror Illusion Siamese – (Black-White Body) This cube was designed by Grey Matter.  A fantastic mirror shape-mod cube that has great eye appeal when solved.

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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Jardinire: A Gardener’s Calendar

Jardinire: A Gardener's Calendar

Jardinire: A Gardener’s Calendar Jardiniere: A Gardener’s Calendar beautifully illustrates the work of Eugene Grasset, a pioneer of Art Nouveau design. This 1000 piece collage immerses the puzzler into 12 intricate gardening scenes by month, headlined in French. Each and every puzzle from Cobble Hill is crafted to museum-quality standards, using the finest inks and varnishes.  Each puzzle features linen textured paper and premium grade blue board, and uses 100% recycled chipboard.  The pieces are random-shaped, which means our puzzles are more interesting to assemble because no two pieces are alike.  1000 PiecesFinished size: Approx. 68 cm x 50 cm / 27 in x 19 inArtwork by: Eugene Grasset    

Although there are countless references to the benefits of reading books, games, etc., this article focuses on the value of wooden puzzles as a catalyst for learning young children. Even with the many electronic gadgets and gadgets, children are often attracted by simple things like a bouncy castle, an interesting book and intriguing, well-designed and intriguing puzzles.

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Chippy Chappies – Family Pieces Puzzle

Chippy Chappies - Family Pieces Puzzle

Chippy Chappies – Family Pieces Puzzle When the chipmunks meet the squirrel in the flowery garden, it’s called Chippy Chappies time with strawberries and a visit from the butterfly friends. This Family Piece 350 puzzle includes large, medium, and small pieces that cascade from top to bottom so puzzlers of all skill levels can contribute to the fun. Each and every puzzle from Cobble Hill is crafted to museum-quality standards, using the finest inks and varnishes.  Each puzzle features linen textured paper and premium grade blue board, and uses 100% recycled chipboard.  The pieces are random-shaped, which means our puzzles are more interesting to assemble because no two pieces are alike. 350 PiecesFinished size: Approx. 68 cm x 49 cm / 27 in x 19 inArt by: Jane Maday

Wooden puzzles are an updated version of a traditional toy and are designed for education purposes. They offer an excellent price-quality ratio, given the number of positive rewards that you can only get from toys. It is an activity that can be shared with friends or family, which gives a huge feeling of satisfaction when the last piece is put together, so that the child wants to repeat the puzzle over and over again.

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