Category Archives: Toys/Games

Beetle Bug

Beetle Bug

Beetle Bug   The Beetle Bug is made from nickel plated wire, which gives the puzzle a clean and polished look. Your task is to remove the handle and then put it back in its original position. Sounds easy, but it’s actually quite challenging, even though the solution has only a few steps. There’s a much larger version of this puzzle, about twice its size, the Lady Bug. The Beetle Bug is from our brand of Wire puzzles, PuzzleMaster. Comes in a clam shell packaging, reusable and easy for storage.

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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The Rack

The Rack

The Rack   Our puzzles are made from 3mm nickel plated wire giving it a smooth and polished look. With The Rack, your task is to simply remove the string from the wire frame without detach the beads. As a difficulty rating of 8/10, you’ll find its solution more complex than its design appears to be. The Rack is from our wide selection of PuzzleMaster Wire Puzzles and comes in a convenient clam shell packaging, perfect for storage.

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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Tower of Hanoi

Tower of Hanoi

Tower of Hanoi The game called the Towers of Hanoi was invented by the French mathematician Edouard Lucas in 1883 and since then it has been both a popular puzzle and a well-known mathematical problem that is an excellent illustration of the general concept of recursion. This puzzle is known by most mathematicians and a very large number of people who like either puzzles or elementary mathematical problems. The problem is that you have to move the wooden circles from one to another without placing a larger piece on a smaller piece. Sounds easy enough until you try it.  

The simplicity of the puzzles is misleading. Although the concept is quite simple – finding the pieces and repairing them together – an amazing level of mental activity is required to complete the necessary steps to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are necessary to achieve what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to a general pattern. More importantly, solving puzzles is great work for the brain and can have therapeutic benefits.

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Eureka

Eureka

Eureka This is one of our original wood puzzles that we began producing over fifteen years ago. It still proves to be one our better selling wood puzzles.

Trying to see how the pieces fit and re-assessing where they can go if they do not fit is a good exercise to check and re-evaluate the choices. Each piece can only come in one place, so there is no compromise and negotiation that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to continually re-evaluate his decisions and learns to be patient with the process because it is an integral part of the game.

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Handcuffs

Handcuffs

Handcuffs   Made from nickel plated wire, which leaves no metal smell in your hands like other metal puzzles do, the goal is to simply remove the ring from the cuffs and then return it to its original position. No bending or extra force needed. The Handcuffs is a classic example of a puzzle that looks impossible to solve at first glance, but has in fact a very simple solution method. The design is inspired by the Horseshoe Puzzle, one of the most recognizable metal puzzles of all time. Handcuffs is from our own brand, Puzzle Master, of wire puzzles and comes in a reusable clam shell packaging, ideal for storage.

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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