- Exercises reasoning skills
- Three different types of puzzles included in one set
- Extremely portable; can be taken anywhere
- The instruction booklet is easy to follow
- Builds confidence in problem-solving skills
- Comes with its own carrying case
- Can cause frustration when puzzles seem impossible
- Younger kids may lose interest due to difficulty
How it works
Kanoodle Extreme is the latest game in the Kanoodle game series. This game set contains three Kanoodle games in one. There are sliding 2D puzzles, regular 2D puzzles, and 3D puzzle building that allows kids to exercise a new critical thinking area of the brain: spacial awareness. Kanoodle Extreme comes with a manual that contains 303 different puzzles for kids to figure out in three very different ways. The game also comes in its own carrying case that keeps all the pieces together and allows for the game to be taken anywhere kids may want to play with it whether it’s the car, school, the beach, or anywhere they want to be entertained and learn.
There are sliding 2D puzzles that help with problem-solving a bit at a time by only using certain portions of the puzzle board. For regular 2D puzzles, you can use all the pieces and the entire puzzle board as you would with a regular Kanoodle game. For 3D puzzles, there is a variety of pyramid puzzles to be solved by trying to piece together the pieces according to what is found in the puzzle book.
Most parents have found that Kanoodle Extreme is better enjoyed by kids between the ages of 9 and 12 who are looking for an alternative to video games or smartphones or tablets. The development of the reasoning skills that Kanoodle Extreme provides is best suited for this age range. Teens and adults seem to not have as much of an interest in the game as the pre-teen age group.
2D Sliding Puzzles
Slide the cover over the puzzle board so that only the first section of the bar is shown. The indicated pieces are to be assembled to solve the puzzle in the uncovered space of the puzzle board. Once you solve that puzzle, slide the cover over to reveal more of the board and another puzzle piece in the gray bar. That new piece can now be added to the puzzle board. Each time you solve the new puzzle keep sliding until the entire gray bar has been exposed and all of the pieces of the set have been used to cover the entire puzzle board.
Regular 2D Puzzles
This is not the kind of game that you can use once and never go back to because it provides over 300 different puzzles. Not only will reasoning skills be built by following the puzzle directions and using the pieces effectively, but with the 3D puzzles kids will also be exercising special skills as they will need to also be able to think in three dimensions to properly figure out the structure of the puzzle as well as the necessary pieces to complete it. Your child’s brain will get a full workout developing all the thought process skills they will need not only in problem-solving on an academic level but also on a real-world level.
Many parents want to give their children breaks from screens in order for them to use their brains instead of just being entertained. Kanoodle Extreme is a great way to fulfill that parental need. The game is secure so it can be played in the car, and it can keep your child entertained for hours as they solve the puzzles. Another great place to use Kanoodle Extreme is at the beach. During the long hours on the beach when kids are resting or relaxing Kanoodle Extreme can be taken out and played. It’s a great way for kids to come together and work together to solve problems.
That confidence will enable them to take on bigger challenges and challenge themselves as they go through school and the workforce. Many games on the market try to promote working together, but Kanoodle takes the opposite approach, which may turn out to be a good thing because once a child can be confident enough in their own skills they will then be able to work well with others in a more effective and productive way than if they never built upon their own skills first.
Because it has three different ways to play, once a child feels comfortable with one easy level, they can move up to the other levels that get more intricate. The simple 2D puzzles are easy for the first-timer, then the 2D puzzle slide adds the challenge of solving the puzzle bit by bit until you reach the 3D puzzles that take all of your child’s reasoning skills and call upon them to make actual pyramid-shaped structures.
By using their reading comprehension skills to figure out what is required to start the puzzle to their reasoning skills at looking at pieces and knowing what to do with them, Kanoodle Extreme rounds out your child’s ability to work with themselves and develop the skills they are best at utilizing to see a task through to the end.
Very few games on the market have this all-in-one capability. What’s more, is that kids who have been given the game become enthralled in it and play it every chance they get. The game can be brought anywhere and because it is designed for one player, the confidence kids gain from solving the puzzle is useful. With so many positive attributes and benefits to the game, Kanoodle Extreme should be on the top of your gift-giving list or toy buying list.