Product Type: Ravensburger baby toys
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In The Night Garden Wooden Playtray
Member Name: abbadabbado
In The Night Garden Wooden Playtray
Advantages: bright and colourful
Disadvantages: small pieces for small children
I had heard very good reviews about the In The Night Garden play tray and was keeping my eye on one on Amazon. The price was fluctuating between £4.99 and £14.99 for ages, and whilst I knew my daughter loves all things Iggle Piggle, I wasn't prepared to pay over £10 for a puzzle.
A couple of weeks ago I saw the puzzle for a brilliant £2.98 so I quickly added it to my basket and waited for it to be delivered. I know I should have put it away for Christmas, but at my daughter's age she will have so much and not completely understand it, so we decided to let her play with it straight away.
The puzzle states it's suitable for children age 2 and over. I wouldn't say this is for safety reasons more ability, as all the pieces are very chunky and solid.
I got the play tray out of the box and had a quick look at it myself before letting my toddler at it. It's designed simply, the size of approximately A4, made out of solid wood, with six character shapes carved out of the base.
Each puzzle piece is painted brightly and all the edges are smooth with no horrible little pieces that catch. I made sure I examined each bit before letting my daughter have them. The handles to put the shapes in and pull them out are fairly small but encourage the fine motor skills.
The different shapes are labelled underneath the relevant sections on the board which encourages children to recognise the words of their favourite characters as they match the shapes to the holes.
As we started playing, my daughter eagerly grabbed each one out of the board until they were all on the floor. We attempted to put them back together but she didn't have a clue where to put them on her own.
I found I had to help her a lot but then she is six months away from the recommended age for the product. I noticed that if I put the shape over the relevant hole then she would press down hard until they slotted into place.
The puzzle is well made by Ravensburger and despite being dropped on the floor a couple of times by clumsy fingers, it has withstood all the pressure and nothing has chipped or snapped off.
Overall I think this is a nice puzzle for any In The Night Garden fans but some of the other similar puzzles available on the market will be better and better suited for similar age children because of the size of the shapes and puzzle pieces.
My daughter didn't struggle with the size of the shapes although a couple of them are slightly too small to be handles with ease.
The negative I would mention for this puzzle is storing it, as the packaging it comes in doesn't couple as a box, so when it's been opened the puzzle is essentially box less and will need to be stored flat on a shelf to resist losing the pieces.
The puzzle was definitely worth the money I paid for it, but I wouldn't recommend paying more than £5 for it. It is a nice stocking filler however.
Summary: a good sturdy puzzle
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