“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months / Type: Jigsaws & Puzzles „
These two wooden and simple to solve jigsaw puzzles were a present shortly after our daughter celebrated her first birthday. They are solid, hardy and near impossible to break, bright and colourful and feature both a cute cat and a dashing dog with pieces that can be removed and slotted back in to complete these two puzzles that come together as a set.
Both of these jigsaws are really cute and the bright colours really attract and hold your baby's eye. Each piece of the puzzle only slots in one place and is easy to grasp because of the wooden knob that protrudes from each segment. Early Jigsaws such as these are great at being both fun and educational at the same time and completing them is supposed to help with hand to eye co-ordination. The fact that these are so solid also means that as well as being easy to get hold of, it is less likely that these could get damaged and that is a big, big advantage as it means that they can take a fair bit of toddler abuse!
I really love these and so did my daughter when she was younger! She has started to grow out of them now but these were what started her off back when she first encountered jigsaw puzzles and now she cannot get enough of more and more complicated ones! Her favourite at the minute being one featuring Dora The Explorer and another Snow White.
The fact that you get two puzzles for your money also makes these great value though I am not sure what they cost because as I said, they were a present. And with these, Early Learning Centre have really set out once more to prove that they are the place to go whenever you are looking for younger focused good quality toys that can better combine learning and fun.
Dog and Cat Wooden Puzzle from the Early Learning Centre....
This was yet another one of Jack's presents that was given to him for this Christmas. The idea of a wooden puzzle seemed to be everybody's idea this Christmas and Jack ended up with so many different wooden puzzles it was a little too much.
However, these cat and dog wooden puzzles from the early learning centre are a good buy because you get two separate puzzles in one pack. The price I have seen then at is around £7 from the Early Learning Centre though looking online this morning I see that the price has been reduced down to £5.60 pence. This seems like a good deal for two very well made puzzles.
The dog puzzle is made up of five separate pieces that can be removed and then placed back in to make up the picture of the dog. The cat also has five puzzle pieces. The puzzle sections that can be removed have a nice large chunky wooden peg that makes it easier for the pieces to be picked up and moved about.
The pieces themselves are large and colourful as are the pictures of the animals. The colours that the pictures are done in are not true to how a cat or dog would look in real life and the drawings are more carton than factual.
However I do think these puzzles are rather good and Jack has played with them slightly. They are bright and chunky so perfect for smaller hands. The age range is 18 months to 3 years and playing with the puzzles is said to improve hand eye coordination and help of course with problem solving.
For the price you pay and what with getting two puzzles for that price I think it is a really good deal. The puzzles are well-made and fun to play with for a short period of time. Of course it is not something that can be played with for hours on end but for the money I do think you are getting your monies worth.
A four star rating and a recommendation is well deserved by this product. I hope this has been of some help. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Among the many presents my daughter received for Christmas this year, was the Dog and Cat wooden puzzle from the Early learning Centre.
I had previously seen these puzzles in Boots before Christmas, and they were being sold for £5 for the set of two. I thought this was a reasonable price before my daughter had been given it and was contemplating buying them for her myself. Obviously glad I didn't now.
There are two puzzles in the set, one of a dog and the other a cat. Each board is approximately 20cm by 20cm which makes it a nice size for young children to pick up without it being too bulky, but yet not too small for them not to be able to hold it properly.
The board itself is fairly thick and chunky for a wooden puzzle which again is good for small hands to grasp.
Each puzzle has six different pieces that need to be lifted out and placed back in again. They are very similar in colour between the two and this could make it more difficult for young children to decipher which piece goes with which puzzle. For this reason I would recommend separating them when you are going to do this activity to start with.
The puzzle pieces are again nice and chunky with very large wooden pegs to lift in and out. They are almost larger than most other wooden puzzles I have seen. I like this though as it helps the child lift out easier, and aids them almost when they are trying to slot it back in but can't quite manage it.
I have found since we have been playing with both the puzzles that the Dog is easier to complete than the Cat, as the cat has two different pieces of puzzle for its face and they obviously need to be slotted in correctly to fit, whereas the dog is just one piece for each section. My daughter definitely prefers to do the dog puzzle, perhaps for this reason.
The puzzles are brightly coloured as I mentioned. They concentrate on nice primary colours rather than matching a colour of the animal in any way. The dog is multicoloured more than the cat and this could also be another reason why it turns out to be favourite.
Each piece of the puzzle is made perfectly to fit the shapes in the board. There aren't any gaps that you can find with cheaper made puzzles, when they slide about and you have to really push them in to fit.
The puzzles are recommended for children over the age of 18 months and I have found that at 19 months now my daughter will make a good attempt at the puzzles, but still gets frustrated very easily with them. They will grow with her in the next couple of months however as her motor skills improve on a daily basis, and once she realises she can fit one piece in I'm sure there'll be no stopping her.
These puzzles are a nice start to any small child's collection in their learning development, made by a trusted brand.
A smiling and colourful pair of wooden five-piece puzzles.