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    Alexsmom: I'm afraid I have to say that if your son is not interested in puzzles by the age of 19, there is precious little you can do about it at this point. I'm sure he has his own interests and that these make him very happy.

    Skrink: For planning and organizational issues, I think we need to wander away from puzzles and go instead to board games. Take a look at cooperative games like Forbidden Island and the even more challenging Forbidden Desert. Both are available as iPad apps as well as in traditional board game form.

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    As far as someone who is not interested in puzzles, my 8 year old is the same. He isn't interested in much besides sports, but that is another matter. Anyway, I make him sit down with me at least 2 or 3 times a week at night and work on a puzzle. We do logic games . rush hour. I MAKE him do these things, because I find them important for critical thinking skills. Is it bad to force a child to do puzzlers. I must say that once he starts, he does find enjoyment in doing them!

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    My kids ask every couple of days when Puzzle Your Kids will be starting up.

    I'm a puzzle nut. The kids aren't super super puzzle nuts, but they do enjoy them. We do logic puzzles, sudoku, things like that pretty regularly. When they were little, we used to do house scavenger hunts for practicing reading. After we read the last Winston Breen book a little while ago, they wanted to do another scavenger hunt, but more puzzly so I ended up spending the morning making them one where each clue was a puzzle - there were crytoquotes and things like that. One of them led to a book and then there was one of those codes where it's the boxes all cut out and the letters you see through the boxes reveal the message. They had to figure out which page from a math puzzle on the side of the paper.

    We've done one of the escape rooms here and want to do it again (they have a new one up). It was SO much fun. We all solved it literally a minute before the timer buzzed so that was down to the wire.
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    The first Puzzle Your Kids puzzles will go out on April 1, barring any technical complications. It is taking all my willpower not to start sending things RIGHT NOW, but the rational part of me knows it would be best if I used this time to further build up my backlog of puzzles.

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    Hmm, not a lot of discussion taking place here. How about a puzzle, then?


    What word might come next on this list?

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    We play games as a part of the mix. The most recent favorite: DD (6) got a subscription to Which Way USA from her Grandpa for Xmas - She loves it. She is learning to read maps, basic facts about the states and a bit of history.

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    Or does it have to start with "n"?
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    Wooden puzzles?

    Ha, ha, ha.......

    Only if you want puzzle pieces everywhere. All five of them would scatter the pieces to the 4 corners of the earth. I'm not sure what the issue with a puzzle being together is, but all five did it.

    They will play puzzles on the computer and iPad.

    They love doors, floors, ect.... My 7 year old goes through doors like no one's business. He is obsessed.

    Legos..... I swear there are Legos in every square inch of the house...... Dimensions is on the wish list for birthday booty.

    I got them planks and they whizzed through it. (All five) I plan on adding bigger sets for birthdays.

    I have also been considering some Logic games from Amazon. I will give kid "b" one while I work with kid "a" and not feel guilty.
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    I just found this thread, silly me. I have always loved puzzles, and DD seems to, also. But i have not made an effort to make them a part of our homeschool. We used to do logic problems regularly, then stopped for awhile - need to get back on it!

    She has loved Rush Hour since she was about 4 - it comes off the game shelf from time to time, and is always big fun. A couple weeks ago on a flight, I started working a Sudoku puzzle in the flight magazine. DD was interested, so I talked her through how I was doing it. She wanted to try, so I looked at the answers and filled in a few random numbers to make the "medium" problem easier for her, and away she went.

    I look forward to checking out some of the resources given here, thanks!
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    Many phone and tablet games are pretty much puzzles. My 7yo loves the Quell ones, and liked the Lightbot, which is programming-ish, but very much a puzzle. He played World of Goo as well. We together played the Room which is more free-form. For physical puzzles, he's liked Bill and Betty Bricks. Good board games require much the same sort of thinking.

    I think some kids are bored by paper-and-pen puzzles because they're pretty much the same every time. Sudoku, or crosswords, or logic grids... Each challenge is exactly the same format, and end up with very similar strategies from one puzzle to the next. Digital games allow for somewhat more diversity (still not always enough). Also jigsaw puzzles are very different than problem-solving types. You can like one and hate the other.

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