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Archelino
The Ark is built, the animals have assembled, but who goes where? Noah is easy; he is always at the front of the ark. But if the zebra insists on talking to the kangaroo and the lion refuses to be last, who sits next to the giraffe? Follow the clues, deduce the answer, and you are on your way. Correct placement of the animals ensures a peaceful journey. Archelino challenges will introduce your preschooler to logic and keep him thinking for hours. Winner of the 2013 Puzzle of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine, Archelino includes sixty increasingly challenging puzzles, pictorial answers on the reverse side, one wooden ark, and seven beautifully finished wooden figures. Archelino teaches logic, concentration, spatial thinking, and deduction. Technically for ages four and older, but we have seen many three-year-olds eager to solve the puzzles.


  • 1 Ark
  • 7 Figures
  • 60 Challenges



  • CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.


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    Fun and Challanging April 7, 2014
    Reviewer: Chelsey K.  
    All three of my daughters, ages 8, 6 and 4, have really enjoyed this. It gradually gets more difficult, so the older kids are still stimulated by it. The pieces are adorable, and they really like putting them into the boat. Very good toy!

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    Fun for everyone (but keep track of pieces) January 8, 2014
    Reviewer: Sally W.  
    I bought Archelino as a Christmas present for my 5-year-old. It is well-made and nicely boxed, with a spot in the cardboard packaging for each of the wooden pieces. This is important, because if any of the pieces are lost, the game cannot be played--unless you made a substitute piece, I suppose. But the way the box is designed, you can tell immediately if any and which pieces are missing, which is helpful for keeping track of small wooden animals in my busy household. The game itself is lots of fun. As I said, it was purchased for a 5-year-old, but my 8-year-old and 11-year-old have also enjoyed working with it, and our 2-year-old twins climb on the table to try to "help" by moving the animals around, too. The most beginning levels are mostly just replicating the order of animals shows in the booklet, which seemed overly simple to me but is actually exactly the right amount of challenge for my 5-year-old. As the levels progress, there are more variables and conditions offered in the clues for each puzzle in the booklet, and the player must move around the animals a few times to get the correct arrangement. It's challenging--even thought-provoking and amusing for an adult--but not so hopelessly impossible that any of us want to surrender and walk away (the way we might from, say, a Rubik's Cube). It is a 1-person game, for the most part. A parent-child team could discuss puzzles together (and this is probably necessary for ages younger than 6 or 7, to help manage the booklet and inspect the solutions), but I noticed my children became annoyed with each other when spectators would offer too much advice while the puzzler was trying to figure out the variables. I think a lot of the logical thinking opportunity is lost if the puzzler gets too much advice, My dad pointed out that there are probably lots of logic puzzle apps for our iPad that offer a similar brain-tickling experience. That is probably true, with the benefit that I wouldn't have to count up animals when play is done, BUT I really believe there is benefit from doing this sort of thinking puzzle in this manual, tangible way. I love the friendly-looking little characters and the excuse to discuss Noah'a ark, but take note: there is only one of each kind of animal in this ark puzzle; they don't come two-by-two" here! That's fine for game play, but for the sake of scriptural accuracy, we decided the other giraffe, zebra, hippo, etc., were visiting other friends and this is just one section of the ark. I would recommend Archelino for any family looking for a quiet, 1-person game that appeals to a wide age range. I will likely be giving Archelino as a family gift in the future.

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    Great Bible Themed Game! December 28, 2013
    Reviewer: Chrysta B.  
    My 3 year old is really enjoying lining up Noah and the animals. His older siblings are having fun with the challenges. The pieces are nice and sturdy. The instruction book is a little small, but their young eyes don't seem to mind.

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    Archelino December 25, 2013
    Reviewer: Dottie S.  
    Good gift for kids.

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    Fun for kids to figure out! November 11, 2013
    Reviewer: Shelby N.  
    This is a really simple, progressive, reasoning game. I use it to break up school workbooks during the school day. Everyone, my 8 year old, 6, year old and 4 year old all look forward to doing it! I wish they made the puzzles a little longer and harder so it would last longer though!

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