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Fall 2017 Puzzles
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $19.99

Crankity is a gear-based puzzle game which includes fifteen gears, a game tray, forty puzzle/solution cards, and a handy storage/travel bag. Players select a challenge card, place the beginning and ending gears on the game tray, and grab the pieces that the card indicates must be used to solve the puzzle. They then get to work placing gears and experimenting to find the correct placements to get the gears moving with the crank of the starting piece.

Solving the puzzles requires players to understand how each gear affects the next (cause and effect) and to visualize and predict the correct placement of gears. These puzzles enhance problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, concentration, logic, and patience; they are also great for fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Also, because each puzzle has multiple solutions and because there are forty challenges in four different difficulty levels, the game is appealing and engaging for players of all ages. This is a great puzzle game will excellent long-term play value that will get the whole family grabbing for the gears.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 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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