Have you heard of PuzzStory yet? It’s a story in a puzzle form that teaches World History geared toward children ages 2-12. Book 1 World History in Twelve Hops: Tim’s Journey Through Time allows children as young as 2-4 to manipulate the puzzle pieces based on color and shape while listening to the story, allows children between 5 to 6 years old to learn to read in a fun and interactive way, and allows older children to better understand what they have been taught in school. (Read more after the jump).Auditory memory is used while listening to the story; Tactile memory is used when you find the thick wooden magnetic pieces that represent the main elements of the passage (the manipulation of three dimensional shapes has been shown as an important component of long term memory in children) and Visual memory is used while assembling the correct pieces to the magnetic poster board to illustrate the scene you are reading about (The world map was big enough to effectively imprint its colors and lines on a child’s visual memory).
You do need both the magnetic 33 inch by 33 inch poster board and 96 puzzle piece/85 page book box to play the game of active reading. PuzzStory is the first puzzle that tells a story. Each time the main character Tim hops forward to a new place and time, the exciting story in the book describes magnets that represent the key elements of the scene. These magnets need to be assembled on the magnetic poster in order to complete an illustration of the scene.
My children enjoyed finding the pieces to complete the scene on the magnetic board as we read each section of the book. The book is very wordy and at times I saw my kids just wanting to do the puzzle , but then they “got” into the story as I continued to read. My youngest, a 5 1/2 year old boy really enjoyed the color and shape recognition as he listened to the story; my 7 year old daughter has the patience to listen to the story and place the pieces as they were revealed. Lastly, my 10 year old son who loves history and already knows a great deal about many of the chapters in the book (such as the Greek Olympics, the Roman Legion, the Middle Ages and Native Americans) enjoyed the adventures that Tim went through in these periods of history.
This interactive game got the thumbs up in my household and you will not be disappointed with this product. I saw how the 3 different ages of my children used this product to the best of their age-appropriate ability and I was pleased that they all were engaged and focused on what they were doing. They put the puzzle pieces together, took all 96 pieces down and then redid the whole puzzle, actually quiet and working together! I had to do a double take to see what was keeping them so quiet and was happy to see them engaged in the completion of this large puzzle as my oldest was reading passages from the book to his siblings. It’s really the best way to understand the power of active reading. This is a great activity for home use, as well school and after school programs.
PuzzStory has just launched and there will be only 480 copies available in the whole USA. It is a great back to school fun project for children to explore world history.
Where to get PuzzStory: Puzz Story will be available at Amazon.com for $64.99.
The website is www.puzzstory.com.
Thank you to PuzzStory for sending the PuzzStory magnetic poster board and book/puzzle piece box for review purposes. As always all opinions are my own.