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Get Puzzling with the kid! Although this official celebration is held every year on January 29th, puzzling is educational and fun anytime. It’s an opportunity to reflect on those puzzles, games and even challenges in life that we embrace every day but sometimes take for granted. Puzzles also offer us a great way to spend quality time interacting with family. Puzzles are an awesome way to make challenges and learning fun any day! ~Bette A. Stevens


The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! by Bette A. Stevens
Very Clever! 
“I bought this book to give as a gift to my grandchildren. Reading through the book before giving it to them, I found it taught me a few things, too. First, I had no idea a tangram is a seven-piece puzzle with specific shapes. A pattern is provided to cut out and get started along with the history of it. There are many ways to put the pieces together, but the book supplies shapes to make—with clues or riddles as to what they are. Although, this is a very clever and educational book for children, I appreciated the added bonus that an adult can sit down and enjoy it with the kids!” ~D.L. Finn, author

Ready to give Tangrams and Word Puzzles a try?

Here’s the handout the author uses with students.
Click the TZ HANDOUT link below.
Download, print and you’re ready to go…

TZ Handout 

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Comments on: "Celebrate National Puzzle Day Any Day with “The Tangram Zoo & Word Puzzles Too!” by Bette A. Stevens" (40)

  1. Anonymous said:

    That looks terrific, Bette. Roughly what age group would it be for? I’ll have to get one for my two granddaughters. They already love “Amazing Matilda.” 🙂

  2. That looks terrific, Bette. Roughly what age group would it be for? I’ll have to get one for my two granddaughters. They already love “Amazing Matilda.” 🙂

    • Hi, Joe. I’ve designed The Tangram Zoo… so that kids of all ages, their families and teachers can enjoy the book too. For little ones, it’s the rhymes and guessing games that will draw them into the tangram animals. For upper elementary, it’s a great way to introduce area and perimeter. Then there is the writing and research for all ages. Hope you and your little Grandgals enjoy it! 🙂 How wonderful that you and Becky will get to make even more speical memories with them now that you’ll be neighbors. 🙂 Sending lots of love and best wishes to all! xo

  3. Puzzles are a great workout for the brain, especially a developing one like that of a child. I’ve always loved puzzles, Bette. This is wonderful! 😀 xo

  4. I love puzzles, this is great Bette! <3

  5. Reblogged this on Lyn Horner's Corner.

  6. I had no idea about National Puzzle Day! Thanks for sharing this on Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!

  7. Oh what a wonderful idea Bette. I love the sound of this book. Perfect for presents. xx

  8. Puzzles are one of my favorite activities with my grandchildren. I always give my grandchildren books on holidays and so, since Valentine’s Day looms in the not so distant future, I will purchase your book for one of them. Should I give it to my 8 year old or 4 year old?

    • Thanks so much for checking out THE TANGRAM ZOO…, Bernadette. I would suggest the Tangram activity book for your oldest Grand. It’s great for families too, so even little ones can enjoy learning about the animals in the zoo and listening to the riddles too. Thanks so much for your support, my friend. Here’s wishing you and the Grands a Very Happy Valentine’s Day and many days of puzzling fun with the zoo… <3 xo

  9. I love puzzles and have ordered this to do with my granddaughter. National Puzzle Day? I have never heard of it. Have a wonderful week, Bette. Love and hugs. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Hi, Michelle. Thanks so much for your awesome support–hope that you and your Grand Gal enjoy The Zoo… I had never heard of National Puzzle Day until Rave Reviews Book Club emailed me with a list of days to celebrate so that we could connect them with books. #RRBC Rocks and so do you, dear friend! <3 <3 <3 Blessings and hugs.

  10. A book of puzzles sounds great! Oh this must have been such fun to create, Bette 🙂

    • Thanks, Christy! 🙂 Lots of fun creating The Zoo and even more fun watching the kids create their own critters and riddles to add to it. <3 Happy Weekend & Happy Puzzling too… xo

  11. You are a woman of MANY talents. I need this book for my grandkids, when I spend hours playing with them. I’m not good with puzzles (I run out of patience too quickly). Maybe this will train me! 🙂

  12. Happy National Puzzle Day, Bette. What a great initiative!

  13. This book looks great, Bette. Puzzles are very good for the mind.

  14. I have a version like this on my Lumosity mind games but I can never do the ones on paper. Must be the dyslexia lol. It does fascinate me though

  15. I love puzzles. Thanks for the heads up on National Puzzle Day, Bette. The book looks like fun. 🙂

  16. Your book looks like lots of fun, Bette. Puzzles are good for stimulating the brain for all ages. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! 💕

  17. I love puzzles. Thank you for sharing this, Bette.

  18. I know I would love these puzzles. We had a game similar to this when my son was young and we both loved it.

    • Tangrams are so much fun, Molly. And creating riddles to go with our tangram creations is a writing adventure! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xo

  19. I like the idea of a National Puzzle Day!! 😀😀 Your Book of puzzles looks like a lot of fun and the review is brilliant…thankfully explaining what a tangram is along the way! Wishing you lots of sales with your book on this upcoming puzzle day! Hugs xxx

    • Thanks so much for stopping by to check out The Tangram Zoo… My students loved creating their creatures and writing riddles about them too. Have a great week, Annika! 🙂 xo

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