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Raging Rapids

Raging Rapids

Fall 2004 Puzzles
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Price: $9.99
Review:
This is a game that requires a great deal of visual thinking. Max, our little puzzle hound, reached for it first, dumped the paddlers into the river and started to put them back in, trying to figure our just where each one could go so they would all fit. Well after several attempts he called for Ben to help. Ben tried too and then I was called for help. We decided to wait until dad came home. Dad of course grabbed it, took one look at it and knew he could do it. Half an hour later he left it to have dinner. It sat on the coffee table for days until friends came over. They had to try it. More friends tried. And then one day, a friend arrived with her four year old who insisted on trying. Ben and Max told him it couldn’t be done, his mother told him to choose something else, but he insisted that if he and I did it together we could get it done. The pressure was on. We dumped the paddlers out and by taking turns started to put them back in. With three paddlers left he decided to take a break and I breathed a heavy sigh of relief. But as I sat there talking to his mom I kept playing with those three pieces in my mind until…. I screamed for him to come back and we put them in. Ben and Max stood there with jaws dropped. But then started to argue over who would do it next and asked us whether we could do it again with all the paddlers facing in one direction. That will have to wait for another day.
Susan Sullivan   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Susan Sullivan is a mother of two boys ages 7 and 8. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Reading Consultation. She currently teaches and develops curriculum for museums and schools.

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