Perplexus Maze Balls – Our New Favorite Toy!


 I have finally found you- the perfect toy

Perplexus Maze Ball.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…….

(cue the hallelujah chorus and the light streaming down from heaven….) 

1.   My boys can’t break you.  Since you entered our lives four months ago, you have stayed the same….quality….durable….fun!  Even though they have thrown you across the room like a beach ball, you have remained strong, tough, and indestructible.   I admire that in a toy.  Very few toys can claim that they have been able to withstand the pressures and roughhousing of my boys.  Yet, you have honorably earned that right, my friend.  

2.  You are neat and tidy.   Being one piece , you do not spread your pieces all over my house.  You don’t cause me to fear for my life when I walk across the room in the dark.  So tidy.  Good toy. 

3.  You don’t need batteries.  Many other toys suck up all of my money by requiring oodles of batteries that takes hours to replace.  But, you?  No.  You are low-maintenance.  So considerate you are.

4.  You teach us.   Trying to figure out your challenges and obstacles have enabled my boys to increase their problem solving and fine-motor skills.  On top of educational lessons, you have provided many opportunities to discuss character qualities such as perseverance when we fail.   Thank you, teacher.  To teach is to touch a life forever. 

5.  We haven’t grown tired of you.  Other toys are exciting for the first few days.  Then, a few days later?  They are discarded.   Never to be played with again.   But, you?  Perplexus Maze Ball, you have remained our favorite. For months we have played with you.  For months we have enjoyed having your company on doctor trips and car rides.   For months you have been our first choice. 

6.   I love your family of other Maze Balls.   Not only do you provide constant entertainment, but you have an entire family of Perplexus Maze Balls!   When you are ready to go to the toy retirement home (aka:  a garage sale), we can buy another maze ball with a different maze and a different set of challenges.  The fun begins again.  Even when you are gone, you will continue to bless us.  (cue tears and the weeping)

 As a tribute to you, dear Perplexus Maze Ball, I have prepared a photo album of our memories together.  Always remember how much we love you!




To all of my friends that are witnessing this sweet exchange between a mom and a toy, please note that YOU can have this same loving feelings towards a toy!  YOU can look forward to your child playing with a toy.  It is possible to have a toy that does not annoy you to the point of wanting to bash it with a hammer and claim that your grouchy neighbor accidentally ran over it.  (Not that I would ever do that…again.)  Mom, let me introduce you to my little friends…….




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7 Responses to Perplexus Maze Balls – Our New Favorite Toy!

  1. Michael McGinnis May 6, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Hi Jennifer,

    I simply love your review! It is so much fun, yet informative as well. You’ve described perfectly the purpose of Perplexus, and I’m grateful to you and your family for having as much passion for the concept as I have in creating it. Yours is one of the most enjoyable reviews I’ve read.

    Kind Regards, Michael McGinnis

    • Jennifer May 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm #


      Wow! You are the creator? That is so cool! How did you find my little blog? I am a bit star struck! :)

      Well, now that I have your undivided attention…..I must beg you…..Please create at least 100 more maze balls! That should cover us for every birthday and Christmas until all of my boys have left for college. Yet, I must say, my husband loves those maze balls just as much as my kids do! So, we might need a few to take them into their college years!

      Seriously, though! I really do love it! I love seeing my boys get excited about something that isn’t electronic! Thank you for creating it!


      • Michael McGinnis May 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm #


        Yep, it has been quite a journey to get Perplexus to where it is today… a 34-year trip. I’m currently working on version number 5 for production, though I’m constantly making sculptural-scale Superplexus pieces as well, for private collectors and museums. Those are significantly more complex than the little hand-held ones!

        I was notified of your review by Google Alert, which gave me your site. There are alerts every day, but most are just the standard description of the games that was provided by the distributor. You, on the other hand, cared enough to write your own review, which I truly appreciate.

        Please contact me via my email address… I have an idea.

        Regards, Michael

  2. Doreen Perez May 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    We got this for my 6 year old last Christmas and we ALL love it! You’re so right – it is the perfect toy. It’s now my favorite go-to toy for kid’s birthday gifts too! Great post!

    • Jennifer May 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm #


      Yes! I think it would be perfect for birthday gifts! We have two of them, and we are wanting to complete our collection soon! We have another birthday soon, so we should be adding another one to our home!

      Thanks for visiting me!

  3. Alisha May 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Went and got a perplexus today because the ‘Clapper’ Josh got for his B-day quit. We had to get a replacement gift. He was thrilled! Thanks for the idea and review.

    • Jennifer May 7, 2013 at 1:52 am #


      A clapper! LOL I must admit, my first thought was “is Josh a 90 year old man? What kid would want a clapper?” Then I could picture my boys in their room clapping their lights on and off……yeah….I can see them loving that!!! :)

      Glad I could help you with a replacement gift! I am sure Josh will have it figured out in no time flat!


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