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Verblers (Verbal Picture Puzzles) Review by Jennifer Allen

Rebecca Stark
Educational Impressions, Inc.
P.O. Box 377
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417-0377

Verblers is a paperback book that contains a collection of 113 verbal picture puzzles. It can be purchased through Educational Impressions, Inc for $12.95. Verblers is the first in a set of three books; the other two titles are More Verblers and Even More Verblers. The recommended age for those who use it is 4th grade or older.

The verbal picture puzzles are designed to encourage students to use both sides of their brain to figure out the puzzle. By analyzing the way in which the word or words are written, the student(s) can decipher the phrase. For example, one of the first puzzles has the word officer written under the word cover. The answer to that puzzle is “under-cover officer.” In case they get stumped, all the answers are included in the back of the book.

Verblers is a fun way to encourage students to develop improved vocabulary and critical thinking skills such as: logic, spatial reasoning, visual memory, problem solving, analysis, and creativity.   It could easily be used in a classroom setting or by an individual. The purchase of Verblers does entitle a teacher to make copies for his or her classroom.

Once my kids caught on to the concepts behind Verblers, they had fun trying to be the first one to decipher the code. A few of the verbal picture puzzles were even easy enough that my children who are younger than 4th grade could figure them out. However, there were other puzzles that stumped us all and we had to look up the correct answer.

We have found Verbles to be a fun addition to our homeschool. I would recommend adding Verblers to any homeschool, or classroom, as an enjoyable way to encourage vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

-Product Review by Jennifer Allen, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2015