Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2012 Puzzles
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $24.95

Craniatics is a collection of "magnetic brain puzzles," which includes five double sized puzzle mats detailing a total of ten puzzles and games, 138 magnetic puzzle pieces, a solution guide and a flip-up magnetic puzzle box/carrying case for storage and travel. The Craniatics, which were created by famous puzzle inventor Ivan Moscovich, include puzzles and games that can be completed either individually or as a group. The tasks involved are deceptively simple. For example, The Continuous Loop asks players to reassemble eight puzzle pieces into a closed and continuous loop. It sounds easy, until you realize that there is only one solution.

Craniatics is a great product for honing cognitive skills such as concentration, critical thinking and spatial analysis as well as physical skills such as fine motor movement and hand-eye coordination. It would be a great gift to give to a puzzle-loving child before the start of a long road trip.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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