Jean Claude Constantin -Puzzle Maker

Which company/craftsman makes the most beautiful puzzles? 
In my endless pursuit to answer this question, this time I will focus on one of today's most prolific puzzle designers out there - and my favorite - Jean Claude Constantin. The name suggests a French origin, but Constantin is in fact from Nuremberg, Germany, where he produces in his shop over 70 new designs each year; and having been a puzzle designer for so long, imagine the total number of different puzzles he's been able to make so far. I currently own about 100 of his puzzles, so I can only dream of having, one day, all of his puzzles...and at the current rate he's making them, it's an almost impossible feat.

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Teachers and Parents, Help the children develop their complex cognitive processes.

Teachers and parents can enhance the education of children, represent them with brain teaser puzzles or play brain teasers games for pleasure, help them develop complex cognitive processes by integrating enjoyable activities into their curriculum.

There are many ways you can represent, and expose children to brain teasers, here are a few suggestions:

       1. Teachers can provide a brainteaser to get mental juices flowing in the morning activities. This practice creates an atmosphere of learning and helps students get ready to learn and into a mind frame that is conducive to learning.

       2. By the middle of a school day, students often begin to tire.
Teachers can use brain teasers as a refocus break between long stretches of work

       3. Parents can encourage family puzzle solving. Encourage family game night by providing kids with puzzles that they can complete with all the family. This practice creates an opportunity for family together time and allows students to demonstrate their masterful puzzle solving abilities to their loved ones.

       4. As kids become more adept at the solving of brainteasers, engage them in discussing how they solved each puzzle. Prompt students with questions such as "What did you do first?" or "How did you reach that answer?" 

       5. Teachers can use brainteasers as a means of evaluating student understanding by creating puzzles that are directly related to the curriculum.

       6. Once kids are familiar with various puzzle forms, allow them to create their own. 

Puzzles, teasers and brain games can liven up any lesson and encourage students' active engagement in the learning process, try and  use them as much as you can.
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