Puzzles: History in the Making
Try this for an educational family activity: Piece together puzzles depicting maps and historical images. A hands-on history lesson you and the kids can enjoy together, these puzzles are cost-friendly, at $15 or less.
Map It Out
Use pieces shaped like the U.S. states in the U.S. History GeoPuzzle by Geotoys to build a pair of puzzles, one a present-day map of our country, the other, from 1810. Once you’ve finished, discuss the differences between past and present America. $14.99.
Seek and Find Egypt
The 300-piece Pharaoh’s Egypt puzzle by Find It Games illustrates a scene from ancient Egypt. Once the puzzle is complete, hunt for 40 hidden images, such as a cobra or sword. A key explains the importance of each object in Egyptian times. $13.
For the Civil War Buff
Buffalo Games offers a series of puzzles featuring the art of famous Civil War painter Mort Künstler, including battle scenes and Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Each puzzle has 1,000 pieces and is designed for adults, so only advanced (or ambitious) puzzlers should take these on. $14.95.
Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor and toy/product coordinator of MetroKids.