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We built 3-D puzzles of Manhattan neighborhoods

Kidsday reporter Matthew Meaney with the Wrebbit 3D

Kidsday reporter Matthew Meaney with the Wrebbit 3D puzzle he helped construct. Credit: Richard Rosenfeld

We built the Wrebbit 3D Puzzle New York Collection. Working cooperatively, this project was completed by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.

There are four puzzles in the New York Collection. They are: World Trade (875 pieces), Financial (925 pieces), Midtown West (900 pieces) and Midtown East (875 pieces). The puzzles are fun to build. They engage the builders and keep them excited about constructing. In working with the puzzles, I was always curious to see what the next building to be constructed would be and if I would recognize it as a building I knew. That the puzzles depict the New York City skyline made it more intriguing for us.

The construction of each puzzle follows a series of steps. You first start by building the roads. Then the sides of the buildings are constructed. The rest of each building is developed by following the puzzle guide. Finally, you must place each building in its correct location on the roads.

Jigsaw puzzles help kids develop problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination, and promote manual dexterity. Doing puzzles keeps your mind alert, active and engaged. Specifically, 3-D puzzles add more challenge and improve one’s sense of spatial relations and problem-solving in three dimensions. They are also a lot of fun.

Wrebbit Puzzles Inc. also has puzzles such as the Taj Mahal, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House and other prominent international landmarks. The company also produces collections from several popular films, such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter.” In addition to 3-D puzzles, Wrebbit also makes 2-D poster models.

We live in a technological world, but it is nice to be able to create something without technology that is interesting and challenging.

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