When my son was younger we had a whole collection of easy board puzzles for him to do. The only problem was, most of them had at least one piece missing. Lost. Probably at the bottom of the toy box, or swept up in the sweeper, or wherever it is the second sock goes when you put it in the laundry. Who knows? I just know we seemed to be missing at least one piece for most of our puzzles.
That’s why I’m so intrigued with Puzzle Pods. They were invented by a mom with two preschoolers of her own. The inventor, Lauren Feist juggled playdates and indoor time with sons Wyatt and Trevor. She found while she supplied her boys with plenty of stimulating activities like puzzles, coloring books and crayons, and board games, there was one problem. All of these things had lots of little pieces that fell on the floor, rolled under the couch, somehow got lost in the shuffle (sound familiar?). After endless days and nights of cleaning up her home and those of her neighbors after an episode of play, she toyed with the idea of a big plastic bag to label and store the tiny pieces. The idea fell flat when one of the boys tried to put the plastic bag … on his head. The proverbial light bulb went off and she invented The Puzzle Pod.
Simple, transparent and affordable, The Puzzle Pod adheres to the back of the puzzle, the game board or any toy packaging. Now when kids travel in the car or on a plane, they can whip out the Puzzle Pod and neatly play with dozens of puzzle pieces, word titles, dice or game cards. When play is over, everything goes back in the Pod — which easily closes tight thanks to cleverly placed Velcro tabs. The design is patent pending.
“What surprised me the most about the Puzzle Pod,” explained inventor Feist, “was how easily kids put away their own pieces! There was no pleading or cajoling. They were having fun cleaning up!”
What makes the Puzzle Pod so great is the strong adhesive backing. Unpeel the Puzzle Pod backing and stick to a hard surface – a cardboard box, a thick puzzle board, a coloring book. The Puzzle Pod was tested in various preschools and play groups over a series of weeks to make sure it was durable enough to hold up to little hands.
I was sent a set of Puzzle Pods to check out, and I have to say I was impressed. Since my son is beyond the board puzzle stage these days I took my Puzzle Pods in to a special needs class I help with at the school. There are several autistic children in the class, and they like to spill and throw things. The puzzles are a favorite to chuck across the room. The teacher was thrilled with the idea of sticking the puzzle pods to the backs of the puzzles so when the puzzle itself gets thrown the puzzle pieces are all safely contained in the Pod. It really is a great solution!
The Puzzle Pod retail for around $14.95 for a set of four, and they’re recommended for children ages 2 and up. They’re sold as a set of four pods, and made of sturdy vinyl that won’t tear. They also come with pleated corners to adjust to thick crayons, bulky puzzle pieces, dice, tiles or whatever kids can fit inside.
The best part is, Puzzle Pods aren’t just for kids. I’m thinking I could use these for scrapbooking to keep scissors, glue, arts & crafts pieces stored away and neat. You could also use them to store bill-paying supplies, holiday receipts, greeting cards and stamps, and any other activity needs to be neatly contained for another day.
Look for The Puzzle Pod online at www.ThePuzzlePod.com.
Disclaimer: I was set a set of 2 Puzzle Pods to review, other than that I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own.