We were recently given a new children’s mathematics puzzle to review, the HappyCalc Elementary Maths Puzzle. This is a little more unusual to your average jigsaw, for one it has so many pieces that you initially think there’s no way that you can fit them altogether never mind get them back in the box!
However, that is the beauty of this puzzle. You can fit the pieces together in a whole range of ways to create different space rockets, space stations and encourage imaginary play with the pieces.
The puzzles consist of different numbers that can fit together to create sums, which are easy for a child to do, by simply fitting the correct size pieces into place. After a sum is completed you can then add on different extras, such as rocket flames, nose cones, solar panels and conduits, creating a whole space scene to play with.
Our eldest is almost 5 and he really enjoys playing with the puzzle, he likes to create rockets initially and then he joins several together to create an International Space Station. He can happily play with the puzzle from anything between 30-45 minutes fitting all the pieces together.
This would be particular good to complete with a friend and take turns making rockets for each other to complete. Mr O loves it when we get involved too, having fun creating the rockets.
I was impressed at how sturdy all the pieces are too, they are not your typical flimsy jigsaw pieces that get bent after a few games, instead I can see them in use for years by childminders or early learning practitioners. I know that this game will last for years, so our 2 year old will get a chance to play with it when he’s older too.
You can buy the HappyCalc Elementary Maths Puzzle here for $39.00 (price correct at time of publication), which is approximately £29.37.
Do your children like maths puzzles?
* We received this puzzle for the purpose of this post, however all opinions are my own.