“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months / Type: Jigsaws & Puzzles „
This is one of my eldest favorite toys. There are four puzzles, two with six pieces and two with four. The two with four puzzles, are not jigsaw pieces, you just push them together to make the picture. This means it really needs to be done on a flat surface and for a younger toddler, they can get a little frustrated as it takes care to push a piece beside another without moving it!
The puzzle pieces are all very large and depict 2 fairies, a butterfly and a flower. It comes in a handy wooden box with a slide lid, meaning it can be accessed easily enough by a child. Once your child has got the gist of how to do the puzzles, you can leave them to it. My daughter has had this for nearly 2 years now and there is not a bit of damage, so very hard wearing. She is now over three years old, nearly four and still loves this toy. At a retail price of £7.00, it is worth its money by far.
My daughters have these puzzles we brought them for there last birthday they say there suited for 18months-3 years but I think they should be for slightly children as my daughters are still struggling to do them now and there nearly three. I think they would be easier if the pieces were bigger and maybe if it was four pieces to each puzzle. On each individual jigsaw the corner pieces look similar to the other three corners, so they find it hard working out which bits connect to which. They like the pictures on the jigsaws when they see them made up, I think having a box for all the jigsaws to go in is good as it keeps all the pieces together and the puzzles can stay made in it. The pictures on the jigsaws are lovely and colourful and it is easy to tell which pieces belong to each puzzle as the back ground colours are different and the pictures are different. They are a god there a good buy but would of probably waited and brought them for my girls for this birthday which is there third rather then there last. Overall though the jigsaws do help improve there fine motor skills and make them think which bits connect to which so are good to improve there skills.
ELC fairy princess jigsaw puzzle
Working in schools, I come across lots of jigsaw puzzles, and find them useful for all kinds of things. This is one I came across last year when looking for a gift for a little girl. Obviously, having a real interest in the fairy/princess theme, Little Miss decided this along with some other fairy things could be just right. This was all working on the principle that she could show a younger girl how to make fairy scenes..
~~~~What are they?~~~~~
They are sold as 4 pretty puzzles for young fairy princesses, and on this basis, they were a must for a Little Miss buy, being mostly pink/purple in colour.
This is basically 4 jigsaw puzzles packaged in a wooden box. The packaging round the box shows clearly the puzzles in the pack, so you know exactly what you are getting 2 puzzles with 4 pieces and 2 with 6 pieces. The 6 piece puzzles show a queen on one and on the other a flower with two rather colourful butterflies flying towards them. The two puzzles with 4 pieces feature firstly a fairy and on the second a butterfly. We do seem to feature heavily on the theme of wings!!
The jigsaw puzzles are kept safe in a decorated tin with has a lift on off lid. Very good for little fingers because we dont have to fuss about with catches and other tricky bits and pieces. It also means that children can do a bit of problem solving on tin opening, and the pieces of the puzzle can be kept in one place until they work out how to open the box.
The 4 puzzles are the same size although some have 4 and some 6 pieces. They are all 159mm wide and 124 mm high. I quote directly from the box although when I read mm I have to transfer it into the nearest centimetre for it to begin to make any sense.
The puzzles are as I mentioned, heavy on the pastel colours apart from the elc logo which appears in the corner of each puzzle. The pieces themselves as I would expect are smooth and not too thick- we dont want to make them too difficult for small hands to manipulate!
~~~~Who is it for~~~~
ELC suggests that it is for children age 18months 3 years, and I would guess this is about right. I have used similar puzzles with older children in a special school setting, but in general, children past the age of 3 or 4 will be advancing to different types of puzzles.
~~~~Price and Availability~~~~
Costing £7 this is available to buy in store, online at www.elc.com and by telephone 08705 352352
Early Learning Centre
There are some similar jigsaws for the same group, including:
Nursery Rhymes Puzzle £7
Enchanted Castle Puzzle £10
Pets in a box puzzle £7
Farm Animals £7
All good buys and appealing to children with different interests and great as Christmas presents
I do like jigsaw puzzles, and think they are often under rated as a learning tool. I tend to use them in school to improve concentration, hand to eye coordination and to encourage problem solving. For all of these reasons, my children have had lots of jigsaw puzzles, and I tend to buy a puzzle for young childrens birthdays.
This is of course like most jigsaw puzzles, but for anyone with a pink/fairy theme going, its a good one. It is sturdy and easy for small hands to hold. I like the fact that it comes in a little storage tin which keeps the bits (theoretically) in place. The tin can also be used as a storage tin later on if the pieces go missing.
There is a natural progression from the 4 to 6 piece jigsaws, and the pieces are nice and sturdy with smooth edges, and big enough for little hands to hold and fit together quite easily.
For anyone who likes princess/fairy theme, they are a good buy, because they will feel inspired to actually make the jigsaw puzzles so that they can see the finished pictures.
A set of good value jigsaw puzzles. I like the fact that they have a storage tin, making them a good gift for any young child. The fact that the puzzles are in a tin also make them a bit more appealing as a gift.
All in all, a recommended jigsaw puzzle set for very young children who are of the princess persuasion
Thanks for reading.
Four puzzles, with large playing pieces, all on a pretty fairy princess theme.