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Steam Train, Dream Train Puzzle

Steam Train, Dream Train Puzzle

Spring 2015 Puzzles
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
Price: $14.99

From the pages of Steam Train, Dream Train, Tom Lichtenheld's magical illustrations are transformed to 12 oversized double sided puzzle pieces. Each side has a different, but related, picture. One illustration is as creative as the next, imitating the whimsy of a child's imaginative dreams; a pink hippo blowing bubbles, a whale in a bathtub, and kangaroos playing basketball.

All very manageable for a preschooler, each piece has only one notch, and every piece fits in to every other piece. Young puzzlers can begin with an end piece and finish with another end piece, but the middle can be as many segments as the player chooses. Use all twelve or use just three, the story on the train will always flow, and deliver some highly elaborate and creative storytelling. Questions on the box's lid ask "Can you find a train car with these things? Can you find these colorful train cars? Can you find these animals? adding even more playful learning to this story puzzle.

Ines Horlacher   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Ines holds a Bachelor's degree in secondary Spanish education, a Master's Degree in secondary teaching and is currently pursuing an Administrator's endorsement on her teaching certificate. Married and mother of a five year old girl and a three year old boy, if Ines is not cooking, she's consumed by glue, glitter, and cotton ball crafts.

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