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Magnetic Picture Twister

Magnetic Picture Twister

Spring 2009 Puzzles
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Popular Playthings
Price: $7.99
The Magnetic Picture Twister is compact and fun, and requires patience and concentration to solve the picture. The puzzle is a spherical set of 8 independently moveable magnetic disks, that when properly aligned, display a mural of dinosaurs and other creatures in a jungle setting. If the disks aren't arranged properly, the animals don't line up-one head is on the wrong body, the legs are backwards on another animal, etc. It's easy to see when you've made a mistake, and easy to start trying another combination. Our youngest testers needed help getting started, but those 6 or 7 and up will have fun, as they try to figure out the proper sequence and rotation of the colorful disks.

Great for long car rides, waiting rooms or restaurants, where a distraction or activity is required to preserve parental sanity. No lights, no noises, just good clean fun.

Ann Hillers   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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