Putting together puzzles is supposed to be a good way to improve the logical thinking skills a child needs to excel at mathematics. I was terrible putting together puzzles as a kid and am not very good at math as an adult, so this theory makes sense to me.
Either way, in the interest of trying to cover as many parenting bases as possible, I try to make sure my son has a variety of puzzles he can put together when he wants. He is not very patient, but has been practicing and is getting better at understanding how things fit together.
Ravensburger is one of the best known manufacturers of puzzles. In addition to making lots of really cute standard picture puzzles, they make some amazingly detailed 3D puzzles that are like little sculptures for your home. Most are intended for older kids, but the Underwater World puzzle ball is designed for kids ages 4-6.
It’s challenging, but not completely frustrating for a child to put together because there are just 40 pieces. The pieces are very sturdy and there is a plastic dome that you can use as an assembly aid to make the process less time consuming.
When you’re done, the Underwater World puzzle ball can be twisted apart into two pieces. My son gleefully pointed out that this is essentially a secret compartment where kids can hide all of their little treasures. So, while we enjoyed putting together this puzzle the first time around, I don’t think we’ll be taking it apart any time in the near future.
Disclaimer: A sample of the Underwater World puzzle ball was provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of writing this review.
Photo credit: Ravensburger