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Ages: 8+
Grade Levels: 3rd+

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Product Code: 635-615

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Is Less Than 10% Accuracy OK?
The average individual can only place eighteen of the world's 193 countries. But wouldn't it be nice if he could locate all 193? Unlike other world puzzles, The Global Puzzle has pieces shaped like individual countries. Instead of matching color to color, you must be able to work each country piece into the bordering countries, making a lasting mental connection as you go.

That's Better, Much Better!
After completing this puzzle, people, on average, were able to identify 103 countries, an increase of 400%. After completing the puzzle a second time, they were, on average, able to identify 130 countries.

Lots and Lots of Pieces
The Global Puzzle includes all 193 countries and their capitals, all fifty states of the US, and all thirteen territories and provinces of Canada; 600 pieces in all! In this current version, some of the incredibly small pieces are grouped together and the larger countries and oceans do interconnect like your traditional jigsaw puzzle. Also helpful information about each country is printed on the oceans. And, because so many families have asked for it, this most recent version does have the solution on the box, but we would encourage you to use it only as a last resort.

Foundational Geography
Clearly, there is more to geography than just country placement, but nothing is more fundamental. If you are looking for a tremendously effective way to teach this subject, you'll want The Global Puzzle. 600 pieces, 36 x 24 inches assembled.

Beware of Bumps
These are small pieces and if your family is anything like ours, you probably can't expect your puzzle to survive set-up without being jiggled, shaken, bumped or even moved. The best remedy is simple - do the oceans first, then put in the countries. You'll still have to reset pieces, but it won't be nearly as big a deal with this approach!

Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2016 Fourth-Grade Curriculum Kit!
Features
  • Completed puzzle size 36 X 24 inches
  • All 193 countries with their capitals
  • All 50 states of the US
  • All 13 territories and provinces of Canada
  • 600 pieces altogether


  • Publisher's Information
    Publisher: A Broader View
    Made In: Taiwan

    Awards and Endorsements:
    Instructor's Top Educational Resource Award
    Educational Resource of the Year Award from Scholastic's Instructor Magazine

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    Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 Total Reviews: 18 Write a review.

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    Loved it! June 8, 2016
    Reviewer: Liz Monroe from Brooksville, FL United States  
    We've only done this puzzle once with my 9 & 7 year old because it took us SO long! We definitely enjoyed the process (probably because I enjoy geography) and did it together as a family. We had to keep it on another table away from the little ones, because that would have been a huge disaster if they got into it and messed it up. All that work and so many tiny pieces! We did finish after a few days and we had fun. Will definitely pull it out again on a rainy day!

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    worst puzzle ever October 16, 2015
    Reviewer: Julie  
    I love the ide of the puzzle, I love puzzles and my daughter and I did work on this puzzle. However if you are making a puzzle with 600 pieces then it should be interlocking pieces. We could not get the pieces to fit together and stay that way. My daughter became so frustrated by the puzzle that I ended up buying her a different one. very disappointing. TD Reply: Julie, Thank you for taking the time to send us a review. We are sorry that the Global Puzzle was such a disappointment for you and your daughter. We always hope that our customers are dancing with delight as they use our products, and regret that this wasn't your experience. However, the very reason we like and sell the Global Puzzle is that while the ocean pieces are interlocking, the country pieces are shaped like countries. As we say in our description: "These are small pieces and if your family is anything like ours, you probably can't expect your puzzle to survive set-up without being jiggled, shaken, bumped or even moved. The best remedy is simple - do the oceans first, then put in the countries. You'll still have to reset pieces, but it won't be nearly as big a deal with this approach!" Hopefully this tip of putting the oceans together first will help transform your future experiences with Global Puzzle from a pain to a pleasure!-The Timberdoodle Team

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    Great idea, cheesy puzzle January 8, 2014
    Reviewer: Kay  
    The puzzle pieces are thin and don't lie flat, so even those that interlock don't stay together reliably. The picture came loose from the backing on several pieces. It's a fussy puzzle, has to be handled delicately. Not for most kids.

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    Fun for parents too January 15, 2013
    Reviewer: Elise  
    I bought this to help our sons learn geography. However, after the cat knocked the partially completed puzzle around and my husband started helping put it back together he was hooked. The four of us spent New Year's Eve completing it. I just wish we hadn't lost the piece with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Bad kitty!

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    Unhappy January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Daughter of the King.  
    I like this puzzle except that the text on the oceans is too small to read, therefore making it very tedious when looking for the pieces. The rest is fine with me including the size and color of it. Now, my 12 year old son dislikes Geography and puzzles. I bought this puzzle hoping he would enjoy it,especially because I read the reviews and was so sure it would get my son excited about Geography. Nevertheless,I was wrong. It has been on the table for about a week and is still unfinished. We take 15 mins a day to work on it and as soon as the time is up he is practically running away from it. He is not enthusiastic about it at all. He also finds it very boring. He said that he can not wait to finish it, so that he does not have to do it again. I told him that as soon as we are done with it I will glue it together, so that he can use it just to study. That certainly gave him the willingness to finish it as fast as possible! lol! I do recommend this though for those kids who really enjoy doing puzzles. I am still looking for something else that will wake a passion in him for Geography!

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