Now, let’s jump to 3-D puzzles. These are way easier than the sliding ones. You just need the grey inner case and the noodles for this one. Just look at the diagram and fit the noodles in the slots. It’s just like copying from a blackboard. But, you won’t fit all, just 11 in the first puzzle. Naturally one slot will be empty. Your job is to find that last piece and put it where it belongs. As you proceed, more pieces will be missing from each puzzle, challenging to players to work a little harder to make the missing pieces fit. will go missing.
As you play, you get more familiar with the noodles and can figure out how they combine with one another to make bonds that work. Of course, by the time kids are done solving at least 10 of these, their spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills will be much stronger.
To get started with 3-D puzzles, use the top of the black lid. Follow the diagram on the guide to slot 11 noodles into their place, then proceed to higher levels where more pieces go missing and there’s more to figure out. Start with the bottom of the triangle and work your way up.
This is where junior architects will begin to think three-dimensionally and start visualizing the pieces in their head before slotting them.
As kids solve less than half the puzzles, the initial fear of not being able to make sense of these noodles, will begin to vanish. I know that I started to feel calmer, almost meditative, and more confident in this problem solving game. It’s sort of the same feeling of satisfaction you get while organizing a chaotic cupboard, making DIY furniture, or stacking utensils in place. For all you know, this time around your Kanoodle-trained kids will lend you a helping hand.
Varuni Sinha is an assistant editor at the Adventure Publishing Group. With an avid interest in visual arts, she enjoys writing and editing for The Licensing Book and The Toy Book, leading trade magazines about toys–the first art forms we encounter as children.
With expertise in literature, Varuni launched into writing through her thesis on Indian comic superheroes. Fairytales are another major attraction for her roving mind. Recently at Spoleto USA, Varuni mapped the history of all the variations of the Sleeping Beauty tale ever narrated through time.
When she is not writing, Varuni loves to paint with her finger and nails. She has held solo and group exhibitions of her work in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Auroville in India. She has also illustrated a children’s book of Japanese Folktales.
Follow her on twitter @varunisinha to keep up with her new adventures as she explores the magical world of toys.
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