From Brain-Building Block Games to Illusory 2D Blocks

By: Laura McQuarrie - Mar 4, 2015
As well as offering entertainment, these puzzle toys for kids boast the ability to boost a child's development. Through games that have kids stack, twist, match or identify shapes, creative thinking, visual perception, critical thinking, memory and motor skills are encouraged.

Although some low-tech stacking, building block and puzzle games are classics that never go out of style, 3D printing is giving people the chance to create their own challenges. Emmanuel Carrillo's Ozobear that takes inspiration from a Rubick's Cube is a perfect example of this, empowering kids and adults to put thought into the mechanics of how a puzzle toy works, as well as how to solve it. Depending on the difficulty levels, there are even a few examples of toys that some adults might have trouble cracking.