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5 Top Reasons to Love PolyPuzzle

Posted by Steve Lynett on December 21, 2011 | Posted under 3D puzzles, age, art, children, creativity, dexterity, discovery, geometry, imagination, kids, NASA, paper puzzles, polypuzzle

Reason One:  Discover your inner creativity

The spirit of creativity is within all of us.  Just watch a child at playing with a cardboard box.  A small box can become a pilot’s helmet, or a safe place for prized objects.  A large box can become a cave or an automobile or a secret hiding place.  It’s not the box that’s creative: it’s the child with the help of a boundless imagination. There are no barriers and any object the child can find quickly takes on a life of its own.  As we age, we sometimes suppress our creativity.  PolyPuzzle was designed to unleash this creativity, allowing a collection of puzzle pieces to become whatever we want them to be.  Yes, it takes a little practice and a bit of patience.  But as the pieces go together, the creativity is sure to emerge. 

Reason Two: Develop the hands of a surgeon

One of the great things about PolyPuzzle is that it helps develop fine motor skills – the use of your hands and fingers to perform precise tasks.  You’re using the small muscles of the body when you pick up a pencil or a button.  It’s the opposite of using a hammer, although being able to use a hammer can come in very handy at times.  Strength, fine motor control and dexterity are all at work when working with PolyPuzzle.  Occupational therapists know the value of this kind of activity and encourage it.  So, if you ever need stitches or – heaven forbid – an operation, be sure to ask the surgeon if he or she has ever worked with PolyPuzzle.  It should be on your list of selection criteria.

Reason Three:  Learn to love geometry

Many of the objects possible with PolyPuzzle fall into the area of mathematics we call geometry.  Our world would be pretty flat without the vast array of shapes that come into play with globes, triangles and just about any three-dimensional shape.  Teachers find it helpful to teach geometry using PolyPuzzle.  Not only are the geometric shapes, or models, that emerge from flat, PolyPuzzle pieces fun to make, they are far more effective than any two-dimensional photograph or drawing. 

Reason Four:  You’re never too old

People often look at PolyPuzzle and see it as a game or a toy for kids.  Yet, nothing could be farther from the truth.  Two of our most enthusiastic puzzlers are retired.  One is a mathematician and the other is an accomplished architect.   Geologists model with PolyPuzzle to reproduce crystalline shapes.  And anyone can appreciate the appeal of a PolyPuzzle owl, Toucan or Penguin although, we have no information that tells us what zookeepers think.

 Reason Five: NASA thinks it’s fun

One of the most exciting missions currently underway at NASA is the Kepler Mission.  Named for the 17th Century astronomer Johannes Kepler, the mission’s primary objective is to look for and locate habitable planets. One of the neatest PolyPuzzle kits just happens to be the Kepler Star.  And, yes, we showed it to the folks at NASA.  Alan Gould, Co-I for the NASA Kepler Mission at the University of California and Edna DeVore, CO-I for the NASA Kepler Mission at the SETI Institute both thought it was pretty cool.  No one can say PolyPuzzle doesn’t have star power!