fun puzzle

my father purchased a toy for my oldest daughter some years ago. she has since grown and moved out, but my younger children still enjoy playing with this wonderful find. i've had to repair one of the pieces multiple times and as i was making the most recent repair the other day, i just sat and wondered at how remarkable this toy really is. it has provided many hours of entertainment for the kids and the 'grownups' in the house.

i thought i would share. i have no idea what it's called, but my dad bought it on amazon.com about 6 or 7 years ago (maybe more).

the pieces all have a stick with a magnet in the end and the ball you see is also a magnet and serves as the hub which holds all the other pieces in place. the puzzle can be put together in many combinations, but the real challenge is to put it together without having any two pieces of the same color touching one another.

it also comes with a small black cup/saucer-shaped base to hold the ball up for assembly and display.

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