Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Puzzle Books: Great for the Brain!

Puzzle Books: Great for the Brain!

My husband is a huge fan of logic puzzles and I find Sudoku puzzles more my speed.  I am not very fast at them but I still find them fun and a better way to pass the time than sitting in front of the TV, they are also great for working on during long drawn out phone conversations! 

I first started being interested in Sudoku puzzles when I was off work after having my baby, I found them a great way to try to sharpen my mental capabilities and regain some of my pre-pregnancy intelligence (you would think that would automatically come back after delivery but it doesn't!).  I tried to continue working puzzles during breaks at work after returning from maternity leave but as time went on the puzzles were fewer and far between. After being laid off, I took them up again and would work on Sudoku puzzles during the 1/2 hour to hour that my daughter was allotted for TV time each day.  It was a great way to keep up mental skills because honestly as an adult, one can only watch so many episodes of Dora or Mickey Mouse.

A few of the puzzle books that we have come to like very much are: 

Puzzle Baron’s Sudoku: 
Filled with over 400 sudoku puzzles, this book is great for hours of fun. It is organized by difficulty.  I of course am still in the easy section but once you finish those, there are 756 medium difficulty, 150 hard-level, and 150 very hard puzzles available to challenge the mind.  

The book also has an interesting Solving Techniques page that goes over which techniques are best to solve each level of difficulty.  If you have no idea what they are talking about in this section (like I did!) you can go to the website www.puzzlebaron.com and get further details and instructions. There is even an answer key in the back to check you work or cheat and get a tip on the solution!

Puzzle Baron’s Logic Puzzles, Vol. 2
These puzzles are definitely more my husbands speed, logic puzzles mostly make me feel frustrated and dumb. I was never any good at those metal puzzles where you had to separate the two pieces or fit them together but he was a whiz at those (I am definitely more on the creative than logic side) whipping through showing me how easy they are with instructions like do this then this and tada done!  Yeah right!

This book contains 200 grid- based logic puzzles, each puzzle includes a background story, a list of text-based clues and then you use logic to arrive at an answer. What makes these puzzles more interesting are the included  puzzle statistics.  These statistics can be things like the average completion time, the record completion time, and the percentage of puzzlers who successfully complete the puzzle.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Picture Puzzles, Vol. 2
This puzzle book is fun for the whole family, even our 3 year old likes this one.  It contains 100 Full-color, family friendly,  picture puzzles for all levels and ranges of ability.  It is a great tool to help children figure out what is different and yet still fun and challenging for the grownups.

It is hard to find fun things to do for everyone that does not cost an arm and a leg but this puzzle book as well as the others I mentioned are perfect ways to spend evenings enjoying good quality family time.

**Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.** 




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