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Everyone knows that puzzles are educational, but why? Puzzles are educational because they stretch the brain and expand how your mind solves problems. While you're solving a puzzle, you're really teaching your brain to work in new ways.

When thinking seriously about puzzles in education, teachers will benefit enormously by being able to organize puzzles into organized collections that can work together to demonstrate a range of problem solving challenges.

If you are interested in establishing a puzzle collection in your classroom, we are now offering the Aha! Brainteaser Classics™, a collection of 8 puzzles that represent a wide range of problem solving skills.
Aha! Brainteaser Classics™ Box Set 1
The Aha! Brainteaser Classics™ Box Set 1 includes:
Aha! - All Uphill™
Aha! - Double Square™
Aha! - The Fifth Chair™
Aha! - Loop Trap™
Aha! - The Missing T™
Aha! - Pack it In™
Aha! - Pyramid Twins™
Aha! - Wing It™
Aha! - All Uphill™
Aha! - All Uphill™
The concept is easy - get each of the two balls at the opposite ends of the brainteaser at the same time. The solution, however, requires some innovative thinking.
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Aha! - Double Square™
Aha! - Double Square™
As if the first challenge, making a square out of four pieces, wasn't enough, the Double Square adds a twist. Once you've made the square from four pieces, you take it apart, add in a fifth piece, and start over.
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Aha! - The Fifth Chair™
Aha! - The Fifth Chair™
Take the four chair pieces and put them together to make a fifth chair. 
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Aha! - Loop Trap™
Aha! - Loop Trap™
The object is to get the loop off the brainteaser - but don't get in a tangle in the process. It's lots of fun as you try to solve it!
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Aha! - The Missing T™
Aha! - The Missing T™
Take the four pieces of this brainteaser and make the letter T. Sounds easy, but you'll find it's a little harder than you might think
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Aha! - Pack It In™
Aha! - Pack It In™
This nine-piece box-packing brainteaser was originally known as "Conway's Curious Cube." Analyze how to fill each of the three layers to solve the brainteaser.
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Aha! - Pyramid Twins™
Aha! - Pyramid Twins™
Pyramid Twins is recognized as one of the world's most ingenious two-piece brainteasers. Put the two pieces together to form a pyramid. Sounds easy, but it can take a while to get the trick.
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Aha! - Wing It™
Aha! - Wing It™
The object is simple - get the ring off of the brainteaser. The solution? Not quite so easy.
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Each of the eight puzzles comes with three hint cards as well as the solution. When you get stuck, you can turn over one hint card to help you along without spoiling all the fun. The addition of hints allows kids and adults alike to focus on the fun of problem solving, and avoid any mounting frustration that occurs when they get stuck for too long.

Don't forget to enjoy these puzzles with your students - everybody's brain needs exercise!
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