This puzzle is a self-contained unit that includes a stir-type stick to maneuver the 10 individual pieces within the cylinder housing. We have the Solar System puzzle which is a great addition to our home as we have been studying the solar system over the last year. It has proven to be a fun reinforcement of learning for the kids.
Although the puzzle is designed for ages 7 and up, The Boy (6) has had just as much fun enjoying it as Grandpa (78). Grandpa just so happens to also be crowned as the quickest solver in our family. we tend to be slightly competitive in our home and leave the FlipStir puzzle on the coffee table. It goes without saying that if someone inquisitively picks it up then the timer is started so we can get their solve time. Grandpa completed it in 2 minutes, 12 seconds… beating my best score by 15 seconds. I was not thrilled… yes, we are competitive here.
Other FlipStir puzzles are also available. There are two level 1 options: the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Rainbow Pencils and 3 level 2 options: the Statue of Liberty, the Solar System and the Periodic Table of Elements. Each sell for $24.95.