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Block Buddies

Block Buddies

Spring 2009 Puzzles
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $24.95
With 21 blocks and 76 picture puzzles, adventurous building lies ahead. Double-sided puzzle cards show designs of people, animals, vehicles, places, and even some abstractions to which an imaginative child could give a name. The cards come in four levels of difficulty so children can work their way up from beginners to experts, and eventually create their own constructions.

Other play ideas:

o Each of the blocks (except for one) has a twin of a different color, which makes possible a game of matching shapes or matching colors.

o The oblique angles of the blocks offer a challenge for three-dimensional building.

o The blocks fit neatly into place in two layers in the sturdy box. Replacing them is a puzzle in itself. (Tip: trace the outlines before removing the blocks, but don't let the kids know.)

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2009 Parents' Choice

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