April 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 4
Gradient Puzzle Black and White by Bryce Wilner by AREAWARE
The Gradient Puzzle is a vibrant way to meditate on color. The act of putting it together is slow and deliberate, where the color of each piece is used to locate its proper position. We’ve used a thick stock and high quality art paper, so the puzzle can be assembled again and again without losing its edge. 1/31/2016
Brain Dice by RECENT TOYS USA
Incredible math game with thousands of challenges and solutions. 12/30/2015
Science X Magnetic Magic Activity Kit by RAVENSBURGER
Can you make a paperclip float? What are magnetic fields? How does a compass work? These astonishing activities will reveal the fascinating world of magnetism. Success is guaranteed as you discover the power of this invisible force. Contents: 2 Ring Magnets, 1 Bar Magnet, 1 Packet of String, 1 Compass, 1 Washer, 1 Galaxy Map, 1 Fizz Token, Detailed Instruction Manual. 8/31/2015 (MSRP: $13.99)
Dinosaur Dawn Floor Puzzle - 24 Pieces by MELISSA & DOUG
This puzzle features dramatic dinosaurs in an exciting prehistoric scene. 2' x 3' when complete, it features 24 extra-thick pieces with an Easy-Clean surface to keep them looking like new. 8/3/2015
Janod Magnetic World Puzzle by JURATOYS US CORP
A fun and educational way of discovering the planet. Each magnet represents a country or region of the world, with its name, capital and an illustration characteristic of that part of the world. The big magnetic board shows the world with its continents and oceans: the colour used for each region helps you find its place. Have fun putting each country in its place and you will have a wonderful map of the world which you can hang on the wall. Wood : Plywood (tray + magnets). Printing : sticked paper.Delivered shrinkwrapped. Cardboard wedge provided in the master carton to protect the world maps during delivery. 8/3/2015 (MSRP: $44.99; Age: 7 and up)
Lilliputiens 12345 Numbers Puzzle by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Count up the fun with this neat number puzzle set! Use the colors and pictures on each piece as clues to figure out what numbers they create. Count all the way up to 5! Both children and parents will love how the amount of puzzle pieces corresponds to each number. 15 pieces total, made of sturdy cardboard. 7/20/2015 (MSRP: $15.99; Age: 2 and up)
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure - Book 2 by MONKEYING AROUND
As the 18th book in the Greatest Dot-to-Dot series, Kalvitis has added more story, more mystery, and never before seen puzzles containing foldouts, new puzzle styles, and clues that will help solve other puzzles. The variety of images that Kalvitis’ Adventure books are known for continue throughout Adventure Book 2, along with a simple story line that follows an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift.
Puzzle solvers of all ages will enjoy the fun and challenges Kalvitis creates through his skillful utilization of dots to create complex, artistic works. The images of what the young boy sees “connects” as the story begins to unfold. In fact, the pages of Adventure Book 2 really do unfold when puzzle solvers challenge themselves to solve 2 triple page foldouts, and one jaw dropping 4 page foldout with over 2,100 dots.
Seashore Puzzle by RE-MARKS INC.
This highly detailed puzzle brings back memories of beach combing on days gone by. You can almost hear the ocean waves when you work this puzzle. That's why it's a best-seller year round! 1/23/2015
Dolphin Rainbow Dreams - 100 PC Kids Puzzle by WHITE MOUNTAIN PUZZLES
Dolphin Rainbow Dreams 100 Piece Kids Jigsaw Puzzle #1033. Michael Searle has done it again with his luminous illustration of an ocean escapade. In this 100 PIECE KIDS JIGSAW PUZZLE you can follow the pod of dolphins through sparkling waves, and see what wonders lay at the other end of the rainbow. Swim amongst the tropical fish, and enjoy the magic of this dream-like scene. 100% MADE IN THE USA, this JIGSAW PUZZLE is created for KIDS AGES 6+. The finished size is 11" x 15", and if you'd like to see more of our children's puzzles be sure to check out our kids puzzle category. 7/31/2014 (MSRP: $10.95; Age: 6 and up)
Twist of Color by SPRINGBOK PUZZLES
500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. Second Place winner of the 2012 Springbok Image Contest. These twists of color will point you to lots of fun as you piece together their bright and winding rainbow hues. This puzzle is full of deepening hues of bright color and unexpected shadows making for a fun challenge.
— In a July 2014 survey, two out of 14 retailers told TDmonthly that Twist of Color was their best-selling puzzle. 7/30/2014 (MSRP: $12.95)
Crazy Car Race by INNOVATIVEKIDS
Perfect for more advanced puzzlers, these awesome 100-piece puzzles come packaged in a cool towerlike box and include high-interest themes with detailed illustrations. Made entirely from recycled materials, these puzzles are great for bigger kids ready for a bigger challenge than standard floor puzzles. Ready! Set! Race! From monster trucks to souped-up race cars, this super fun puzzle is packed with wacky action. Kids can learn about the different kinds of crazy racing that really exists, like tractor pulling and monster truck racing, right on the box!
— In a July 2014 survey, one out of 14 retailers told TDmonthly that Crazy Car Race from Innovative Kids was their store's best-selling puzzle. 7/30/2014 (MSRP: $14.99)
Candy Scramble Squares® by b. dazzle, inc.
Before sugar was readily available, candy was made from honey. Honey was used in Ancient China, the Middle East, Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire to coat fruits and flowers as a preservative or to create forms of candy. Originally, candy was used as a form of medicine, either to calm the digestive system or to cool a sore throat. In the Middle Ages, only the most wealthy people could afford to have candy, used as a combination of spices and sugar as an aid to digestive problems, which were very common during this time because of the consumption of food that was neither fresh nor well balanced. Banquet hosts would typically serve these types of candies at banquets for their guests. 5/14/2014
Gravity Maze by THINKFUN
This gravity powered logic maze is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test. The colorful, translucent towers can be arranged in a plethora of visually stimulating structures but, for each challenge, you’ll have to think carefully to build a path that will successfully carry your marble to its target. 60 challenges, ranging in difficulty, will give you plenty of creative building time while you maneuver the maze in your mind!
— Phyllis Stroud, owner of Rocking Horse Toy Store in Natchitoches, La., told TDmonthly in a January 2015 survey that Gravity Maze from Thinkfun was one of their store's best-selling STEM toys. 4/29/2014 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 8 and up)
Round Table Puzzle - Kids Edition - Polar Chill by Michael Searle by A BROADER VIEW
Introducing the Round Table Puzzles, the new way to do puzzles! These circular puzzles have the top of the image in the center & the bottom of the image around all the edges. Just as the Knights of the Round Table all had an equal seat around the table, the kids can all have an equal seat around the puzzle. In the Polar Chill Version, polar bears and penguins come together to party like it’s 2014. The 50 pieces are large and sturdy to enable kids to easily handle the pieces and the pieces to easily withstand the kids. This image was created by famed puzzle designer - Michael Searle. 50 pieces. 4/2/2014
Jigsaw Puzzles for Men by TDC GAMES INC.
We all know that many puzzle buyers are thoughtful women who are buying gifts for the men in their life. We recognized this need and thus created our new, reasonably priced,1000 pc "Man Puzzles", Jigsaw puzzles for men. With artwork from world class pin-up illustrator Greg Hildebrandt, creator of thousands of works, including the original Star Wars poster, these puzzles are sure to please. A portion of the proceeds from this "American Beauties" series benefits the fallen NY firefighters & EMS workers. 2/13/2014 ()
Imaginets by MINDWARE
Want to boost their fine motor and visual thinking skills? You want Imaginets. The sturdy wood carrying case features durable hinges and rope handles that are perfect for little hands to grasp. Inside, brightly-colored magnetic blocks can be arranged on the boards to replicate any of the 50 full-color design challenges, including animals, faces, vehicles, sports, structures and more. Plus, the magnetic board surface doubles as a dry-erase board, so kids can decorate a backdrop for their creations.
Where to buy:
NORTH WEST 12/4/2013 (MSRP: $29.95)