The girls have been learning about geography this year.  Honestly, because she’s only in 1st grade, Cuddle Bug doesn’t care much about it, but she does listen when we read our geography book.  PB & J Girl really likes geography, and she loves to find the continents and countries that we discuss on her blow up globe.  Combine this love of geography with her love of all puzzles, and the Puzzleball Globe is the perfect, fun  educational toy for her!

img_8424Timberdoodle sent us a Puzzleball Globe for us to review, and both girls really liked it.

About the Puzzleball Globe

The Puzzleball Globe ($24.99) is part of Timberdoodle’s 3rd grade curriculum  and includes a display stand (you assemble yourself) and the 180 pieces for the puzzle.

img_8251These puzzle pieces are so cool!  They are harder than regular puzzle pieces, so they’re durable.  They are also slightly curved.  They stick together tightly, so you don’t need to use glue.  Once you’re done, you can always take it apart and put it back together again.

There are three suggested ways to put this puzzle together.  For younger kids, each puzzle piece has a number stamped on the back.  Children can use these to assemble the puzzle.  Older kids can assemble the puzzle by using a map to see which countries are next to one another.  Still older kids can assemble this by not looking at the numbers on the back or a map for guidance.

We Used the Puzzleball Globe

img_8256As soon as we received this in the mail, both the girls got right to work.  They soon discovered the numbers on the back of the puzzle pieces, and they used these to help them put the globe together.  Cuddle Bug looked through the box to find the chronological numbers (which was great math practice for her).  She was able to find the pieces in order up to the number 100.  Then, she handed the pieces to PB & J Girl, who started assembling the globe.

The girls worked on this on and off for a week, usually early in the morning or in the afternoon after they had finished school.  They loved it!

When they were done assembling the puzzle, we put together the puzzle stand, and now they have the globe in the school room.  PB & J Girl still consults it frequently.

What I love is that unlike a flat puzzle that just takes up space when it’s done, this puzzle can be put on display, and it is useful once kids have assembled it.

Although this puzzle does have an educational aspect, I think it would make a great Christmas gift for any child who likes the challenge of puzzles.

Note: I received this product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


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