Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 8 year-old ++
Who would love this: Collectors of wooden logic puzzles / brainteasers
We own a few kinds of “packing puzzle” - they usually have multiple removable pieces that can be assembled into a container, frame, or a predetermined shape. They come in all sorts of materials, styles, and design-originalities. I love the “self-explanatory” nature of such puzzles. We recently received this challenging but so satisfying-to-assemble “Numbers Sort Brainteaser” from Funyards Australia , which I would love to share about it today!
Why I love ❤️ this toy:
(1) Ingenious Creation - Unlike the usual geometric shapes or pentomino pieces, this brainteaser includes 10 removable puzzle pieces each in the shape of a numeral symbols from 0 to 9, inspired by the number style of a digital clock. The first “prototype” was apparently created by designer Martin H. Watson using matchsticks during one sleepless night, after counting the segments of each number and discovering a unique way to fit all the numbers in a 4x5 grid. This is probably one of the most brain-stimulating puzzles, and I must confess I cheated (after numerous “trials and errors”) in the end by looking at the instruction sheet included. The accuracy of the edges of these pieces placing adjacent to each other, and come so perfectly together eventually to fit into a slightly rectangular 4x5 frame is simply ingenious! I read that there are probably 3 to 4 “solutions” to this puzzle, but my guess is there are probably just variations based on mirror-images or how we rotate the numeral pieces. I love the unique and inspiring design!
(2) Craftmanship - The precision of the craftsmanship is impressive; I love the perfectly and smoothly crafted angles and the edges of each pieces. The digits are placed in a mixture of orientations - horizontally or vertically, and some numbers sort of “overlap” with another in a clever way (for example, the digit “7” has half of the number “hidden” within the body of the specially-cut “0”, and the sneakiest “1” slides into the frame by placing itself at the border of the frame).
(3) Elegant Decorative Item - This puzzle is handcrafted in Thailand. This is a classy looking puzzle that will make a really elegant table decoration for home or at any guest-waiting area.
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