“ Brand: M&S / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Jigsaws & Puzzles „
About a month ago, some friends came for dinner and they brought a present for our son: the Alphablet Matching Floor Puzzle from Marks and Spencer. Our son is 2 1/2 years old and the puzzle is supposedly best between 3 and 6 years of age. Well, he didn't find any problems with the puzzle. He absolutely adores it. It is a big floor puzzle with great little drawings and about 26 (!) different things on it all starting with the different letters of the alphabet... Marks & Spencer even dared using the dreaded Xylophone for the X - nothing annoys me more than when companies like LadyBird use Fox with an X instead of using a proper word - actually I would like to see X-ray a bit more often, but that is another issue... and best of all they have put a Zip in to Zip it up with the Z so no Zebra this time - what a refreshing change! He asks for it and will play with it for quite a long time. To start with I had to set up the 'frame' of it and he would just put all the pieces together, but a couple of weeks down the line and he almost does it all by himself - but he still struggles with the flower, which is difficult even for an adult - you would have to buy it to see what I mean. The puzzle comes with a nice looking box and he plays at posting the pieces back through a slot in the top (which saves me the horrible job of tidying it away!). The quality is good and strong and is standing up well in the face of heavy use. We did think it was such a good little toy that we decided to get one for his friend's birthday. We went to Marks & Spencer and discovered that not only they were good value for money - about £5.00 - but also they came in different shapes and forms. There is a Alphabet Millepede, numbers, all sorts and all looking really nice.