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
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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