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Pieces of History Puzzles

Pieces of History Puzzles

Spring 2012 Puzzles
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Find It Games
Price: $13.00

The Pieces of History puzzles Find It Games did not disappoint our reviewers and their kids. These puzzles are perfect for kids who love puzzles and "I Spy" types of games. The Pieces of History Puzzle brings the two challenges together. Each puzzle depicts a detailed scene from a historical era. For example, the "Pharaoh's Egypt" puzzle shows a bustling market by the Nile in Ancient Egyptian times. The puzzle is set up so that the border itself is the "key". Once the border is put together, you can see the items that you will need to find in the puzzle. In the Egypt puzzle, these items include a necklace, a crown, a leopard, amulets, and more. The puzzle will get kids talking about history as well as the animals and objects present in each setting represented. Along with the puzzle comes a vibrant, color print-out of all of the items depicted in the puzzle border. Each item is paired with a description that gives its cultural context. Parents liked that the puzzles foster an inquisitive mindset in kids, who actually learned something while exercising their brain in solving the puzzle at the same time. Even children too young to complete the puzzle alone worked together with siblings to put it together and find the various hidden items. There is nothing like the look of discovery on a child's face, and this puzzle brings out that look many times over.

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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