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Lauri Foam Fit-a-Space Puzzles

Updated on August 11, 2013
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book repair tricks on the job!

I have two generations of Lauri Fit-a-Space foam puzzles!

My two daughters (who are now in their 30's) had the original Lauri Foam Fit-A-Space Puzzles when they were young. Those puzzles are now loved by their own children who love these foam puzzles dearly. The original puzzles got brittle and gritty--no longer feeling like "foam", so I searched the web to find some new geometric shape puzzles for the grands. I did not have the original box with "Lauri" on it, so it took me forever to find these puzzles using only "geometric shaped puzzles" or "rubber shapes puzzle" in search engines.

Finally, I got lucky and found these Lauri Geometric Puzzles. Now you are the lucky one because I am sharing these fabulous learning puzzles with you.

Image Source: Lauri Fit-a-Space Puzzles on Amazon.com

Why I bought the Lauri Fit-a-Space toy puzzles for my own children:

I used to teach kindergarten many moons ago and the school that employed me had these wonderful circlular shaped, small puzzles. Wanting my kids to have the best and being only a teacher with limited income, these puzzles were on my wish list.

I loved (still do) the size of these puzzles. They are only 4 inches in diameter and a child can easily hold them.

Another reason I adore these puzzles for children:

One can use these puzzles to teach so many skills:

The names of the colors.

The names of shapes.

Category games

Tracing shapes

Creative pretending (the pieces were sometimes served up as "cookies" on a Cabbage Patch Kids plate)

Poll: Do your children like playing with puzzles? - Remember to sign my guestbook further down the page, as well.

Since children can have different interests and skills, I am curious about yours. You can enter a comment about your feelings, too.

Do your children enjoy playing with puzzles?

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Lauri Foam Shape Puzzles on Amazon:

Since products tend to sell out quickly on Amazon, you should check back often.

How to play "categories" with the Lauri Foam Puzzles:

A beginning game--

Get a sturdy string (the newer version of the Lauri puzzles comes with "shoe laces"). Make a circle with the string. Put only yellow pieces inside the circle. Ask your child something like "How are the pieces inside the circle just alike?" Answer you are looking for: "They are all the same color (yellow)".

You can make the game more difficult by putting red, yellow and blue triangle pieces inside the circle. "What do they have in common now?" Answer: they are the same shape (triangle).

My grand-daughter loved to make "categories" and ask me the question. You will be surprised at how quickly a child will catch on.

Another Lauri Puzzle for the Toddlers: - Kids love these crepe rubber puzzles!

My youngest grandchildren tend to put the small shapes in their mouth. So, if you have a child that likes to do that, get these larger puzzles.

Lauri Foam Puzzles on eBay: - You might find my original foam puzzles, too.

Lauri makes too many foam puzzles to name them all. Keep checking back to see what Lauri brand puzzles show up on eBay.

These learning puzzles are very popular in schools. They can be used for many learning games and activities. I, personally, like the way a child can be creative using these puzzles. For example, if your school aged child loves art and can use colored pencils, he/she can trace the shapes using these crepe rubble puzzles. Oh, they can be cleaned easily, too.

If you do not own these puzzles yourself, I bet your child's school has them.

Share with us any games your kids might play with these puzzles, too. You do not have to be a member of Squidoo to leave a comment.

Do you own any Lauri Foam Puzzles? - Educational puzzles deserve a place in the home, as well.

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      Don't own any, but they sure are cute.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @rlivermore: Keep them for future generations!

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @tssfacts: Believe me, they are fun.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @hayleylou lm: Save them for grandchildren! Do not store them in an attic, though!

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      I have the alphabet in Lauri Foam. My kids are a bit old for it now though.

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      SnoopyGirl1 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! We have Lauri foam alphabet letters and love them.

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      tssfacts 

      7 years ago

      Never heard of these. They sound lot of fun to play with.

    • rlivermore profile image

      rlivermore 

      7 years ago

      We had these when my kids were little. Loved them!

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      TheresaMarkham 

      7 years ago

      Wish I knew about these when my daughter was younger! They're great! Great lens too!

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      These look like great puzzles.Don't remember them though but so nice to be able to pass them down to a different generation.Timeless.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      My children are older now but somehow (despite loving puzzles) we misse downing any Lauri Foam puzzles.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Christmas presents for the boys. Love it! Knocking off the list already.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I haven't seen these puzzles before. They do look pretty cool.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      These do look like neat puzzles! I love the train!

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I love it, too. It is more difficult, though. Perhaps a 5 year old could handle it. Maybe more of them will come up on eBay if the one shown today is sold.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @annieangel1: You might be correct. They are no where on Amazon.uk. Sorry for that. I must do some research to see if any of the online stores here will ship to the UK.

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      Ann 

      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I don't know these puzzles, I don't think we have them in the UK

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      blessedmomto7 

      7 years ago

      I love Lauri puzzles. We use them in our homeschool for the prek and the k. Great job.

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