Can you figure out what comes in all shapes and sizes, may include words, numbers or pictures, and is celebrated on the 29th of January? Puzzles of course!
History indicates that puzzles of all kinds have been challenging humans since the beginning of time. Puzzles continue to attract the curious, such as those who faithfully turn to the crossword each morning or those who still take a twist at the Rubik's Cube. From jigsaws to mazes to mind benders, the following puzzles promise to entertain, educate, and stimulate curious minds of all ages.
Pizza, Paint & Pie (Phonics Puzzle)
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Manufactured by: Discovery Toys
This giant, colorful puzzle teaches the correct sequence of the alphabet, identifies beginning word sounds, and the upper- and lowercase forms of each letter.
Curious George Downtown
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Published by: Knowledge Adventure
Based on the classic Curious George series, this interactive storybook requires kids to solve puzzles in order to help George overcome obstacles and gather bananas. Kids get certificates as they progress through problem-solving milestones. And even better: An open-ended build-your-own-puzzle area lets kids test their creative thinking, reasoning and logic skills.
Magnetic Animal Puzzle
Ages: 3 - 12 yrs.
Manufactured by: The Orb Factory Ltd.
The puzzle features one magnetic animal for every letter of the alphabet. Several animal habitats are illustrated on the back side of the board to allow for more creative play.
Where the Wild Things Are Puzzle Maze
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufactured by: Briarpatch, Inc.
This highly original game uses neither a game board or cards. Playing pieces are pathway segments, some of which include characters from the well-known Sendak book. Young fans of the book will truly appreciate this game.
Tetris Classic Game
Ages: 5 & Up
Produced by: Handmark, Inc.
This collection of nine familiar games features the official Palm version of Tetris Classic, the popular and addictive think-quick puzzle game of fitting falling blocks into solid lines. Perfect for gamers on the move or in the car.
Reprinted with the permission of the Parents' Choice Foundation. © Copyright 2012 Parents' Choice Foundation. All rights reserved.
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