Triceratops Dinosaur Puzzle
SIZE: 15.75" x 7" x 11"
AGE RANGE: 3-6 years
AWARDS: Oppenheim Best Toy Platinum Award, 2015
An introduction to ancient life forms, the triceratops dinosaur puzzle provides a great opportunity for parents to guide language learning with dinosaur vocabulary, facts about Triceratops and the concept of fossils.
Puzzles are a problem-solving activity developing cross-brain thinking skills. Effective problem solving requires a mixture of both logic (left-brain activity) and creative (right-brain activity) thinking. Good problem solvers switch from one set of skills to the other. Cross-brain thinking is not always easy but becomes easier with problem-solving practice.
Logic (analytic) thinking develops through ordering the pieces, comparing them, contrasting them, evaluating them and selecting the correct piece. The child must select the best alternative from the options available by narrowing down the range of possibilities.
Creative thinking develops when a piece doesn't fit. The child must consider a broader set of solving options such as manipulating the piece, flipping the piece, considering the alphabet order, or solving surrounding pieces.
Puzzle play requires visual spatial relationship reasoning, a cognitive skill of awareness between the relationships of adjoining pieces. Spatial awareness is critical to fundamental mathematics comprehension.
Puzzles build attention span. They require concentration for completion. The key for the adult is finding the sweet spot of difficulty. If a puzzle is too easy, it requires little concentration. If it is too hard, the puzzle becomes a source of frustration. If it doesn't feel like play, the positive learning experience shuts down.
Puzzles become an opportunity for relationship building when adults provide encouragement and support.
The puzzle parts are large and chunky supporting the clutching and manipulating of pieces.
As a completed Triceratops puzzle, the rigid dinosaur becomes a toy for imagination and storytelling.
Because there is a carrying tray, this puzzle becomes a travel toy for activities away from home. For homes who focus on Montessori shelving with work options, this dinosaur puzzle sits orderly in its box.
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, BeginAgain believes in hands-on experiential toys, devoid of batteries. BeginAgain also has a strong commitment to eco-friendly products. Their complete line of products is made from plant-based materials. Any plastic, such as packaging, is 100% recycled.
This durable wooden puzzle is handcrafted from sustainable plantation-grown trees. BeginAgain chooses to use rubberwood (hevea brasiliensis) because it grows quickly. A strong, sustainably grown hardwood, it is an excellent material for making heirloom quality toys.
The Triceratops puzzle was designed in Fort Collins, Colorado. Manufacturing near the native source of the wood, allows for smarter, more efficient use of energy, reducing the shipping footprint. The puzzles are packaged back in the USA, ensuring quality control. The manufacturing partner is female owned, and family run. The factory believes in the principles of fair living wages and sustainable practices. Independent audits ensure fair working conditions, product safety, and quality control standards.