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4D Cityscape Time Puzzle

4D Cityscape Time Puzzle

Fall 2012 Puzzles
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: 4D Cityscape Inc.
Price: $39.99

If you love jigsaw puzzles, you'll probably love 4D Cityscape's 3D city puzzles like this one of New York City. Or maybe you just love New York, in which case you might love this, too. Following the "map" for piecing this urban skyscape together, you start with laying out the base for the entire city-pretty much a traditional jigsaw puzzle with pieces made of firm compressed foam. Same for the second layer, which is the island of Manhattan. From there, you position more than 125 of the Big Apple's most famous buildings and landmarks according to a timeline poster so that the process of creating this 4D tabletop replica of New York City is historical and chronological, lending to this fun and challenging 700-piece puzzle an impressive educational value.

Ellis Island, Times Square, Wall Street, Central Park-they're all here, and by placing the pieces you'll know how when they got there and how the city evolved, from 1812 to 2013 (some buildings are included that haven't been completed in reality). Oh, and the fourth dimension in the 4D title? Time. So, yeah, it's just a jigsaw puzzle, but this puzzle takes jigsaw to another dimension.

Don Oldenburg   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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