4D Cityscape's USA History Over Time Puzzle
The puzzle certainly required some feeding and care over the next four days. We are now adding the 3D elements to the finished layers; up until this point it's been an enjoyable experience.
Overall the concept is good. Assembling the first layer is helpful in visualizing how the US grew westward from 1783 to the 1900's. You can start by separating the puzzle pieces by color and then build each section (the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Gadsen Purchase, the Texas Annexation in 1845, the Alaska Purchase, etc.) It's interesting to build those sections in relation to one another and imagine our growing pains over time.
In the second layer you add the states according to historical order of statehood. On top of some of the western states goes a little dollop of foam Rocky Mountains to add some dimension. Finally, you get to place the tiny 3D plastic historical buildings and monuments all over the map. The Empire State Building is pretty easy to spot, as is the Statue of Liberty. However, the Thomas A. Greene Memorial Museum is not that easy to distinguish without following the numbering system; I'm not even sure that landmark actually has a representative tiny plastic building that we are supposed to ferret out. These historical buildings and monuments are placed according to their dates of birth, too.
You can visit www.4DCityscape.com to learn more about each building or monument. There are many puzzles to pick from. Putting together the New York City puzzle would be a great activity before a trip to NYC! We picked this up because it seemed interesting and fun to build. It has been a satisfying family activity over the week. There is something very pleasing about snapping a puzzle piece into its spot, do you agree? It is addicting. My husband is a whiz at recognizing shapes (he generally doesn't look at the box cover); I glance at the box cover every five seconds to try and find those pieces. The teenager has paid quite a bit of attention to the puzzle because he's a puzzle person and enjoys all types of them. Please excuse me - I have an urge to go put 3D plastic pieces into their spots. Because I am addicted!
I also find it interesting that near the end of puzzle completion, you are absolutely certain there aren't enough pieces to finish the darn thing. Maybe it's an optical allusion, but I always feel it and I'm almost always wrong.
Isn't the mini arch in St. Louis cute? And there's the Willis Tower, too.
The easiest piece to recognize!
Makes climbing them seem easy :)