From their website:
“Crypto Mind Benders® develop mathematical reasoning and critical thinking skills that are vital to achieving academic and lifelong success. They are great for introducing students to encryption, algebraic thinking, and basic computer programming operations.
Crypto Mind Benders® compel students to break a secret code so they can identify a hidden joke or quotation. To break the code, students must apply logic and mathematical reasoning to 3 sets of clues. The challenge is getting all the information out of each clue! Once students break the code, they can solve the cryptogram by substituting the numbers with their corresponding code letters. The Quotations book familiarizes students with classic quotations from famous thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Voltaire, Socrates, and more! The Jokes edition familiarizes students with classic, goodhumored, jokes that both kids and adults enjoy.”
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The Bentz Test Laboratory is well aquainted with Critical Thinking Company's products. We have been fans since the beginning of our homeschool journey!
Crypto Mind Benders: Famous Quotations lived up to our expectations! My tester eagerly grabbed it off the counter and excitedly opened it up and began working the puzzles. Come to think of it, I haven't been able to get it back from him!! His father wants it, he loves to use these puzzles in his meetings as icebreakers and team builders!
These books are reproducible within your family, you'll want to use them over and over. It's a great way to "wake up their brains" before jumping into their studies. We have always used Mind Benders as our mental warm up time (kinda like my coffee...). This book features 32 activities, each with a puzzle to solve using your critical thinking skills. We love the "reward" of the quote when it's complete.
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I was sent a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.