“ Encourage letter and number recognition with the letter and number puzzles and teach your child animal names. Suitable for ages 1 and up. „
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My 1 year old has just got interested in jigsaws and these are perfect as a child's first jigsaw. They can be bought in Argos and the price is £10.00 for 3 jigsaws. One is the alphabet, one is numbers and the third is animal pictures. The animal pictures match some of the pictures on the alphabet jigsaw where there are pictures for each letter, for example P is for pig, D is for Donkey etc. My daughter loves the consistancy of this and likes matching up the animals on the two jigsaws. The jigsaws are wooden and quite study strdy I have noticed that where a little friend decided to chew on the corner of one jigsaw a little bit of the picture has got wet and has peeled away. These jigsaws need to be kept dry. The alphabet pieces are quite small but as all the pieces are slightly raised from the jigsaw frame there have been no problems with her being able to pick them up and place them in the right holes. They are a good value toy.
This set of three wooden jigsaw puzzles are a great introduction to the world of puzzles. They are designed from ages 1 plus, but can be used by older children to teach letters, numbers and animals, as well as how to put a puzzle piece correctly into a hole. The first puzzle is numbers and ranges from numbers 1 to 9. The pieces of this puzzle are large enough for little hands. They each have the correct number of things on the piece, and corresponding drawings in the number slot that the piece belongs. This aids children with shape recognition. The alphabet puzzle has pieces which are slightly smaller so would probably suit a child with a slightly better motor skills ability - possibly around 2 years of age. The pieces again are brightly coloured with drawings to aid recognition. The final puzzle is animals. There are several bright coloured animal pieces laid out on a board such as a monkey, a tiger and an elephant. My son had these puzzles as some of his first and at 3 years old he now completes puzzles with 200 pieces so I think they are a great introduction into this hobby. The pices are the ideal size for little hands, and the colours are bright enough to grab a child's attention. The numbers, letters and animals all provide a basis for a solid educational value to the puzzles. All in all I would say a great idea for a gift for a young child, boy or girl.
I bought these in Argos as yet another Christmas present for my twin boys last year. They cost just £9.79 for a pack of 3, sturdy, wooden pull out peg puzzles. Puzzles I know are a great way to help children learn, they can be fun and for this price for just 3 I thought they would be brilliant. So far so good anyway! They are reccomended for children aged 1 year and over which is right I'd say, at the age of 1 they wouldn't know the alphaabet and numbers etc but they can learn the basics of how to pull the pieces out and place them back in, this also allowing them to identify shapes with the puzzle board. As they grow though and become more familiar with numbers etc it will be a fun and encouraging way for them to learn. One puzzle has large mulitcoloured numbers from 1-9, the pegs on them are small but big enough for a child to grab hold of and pull the pieces out. This is probably the easiest puzzle in the group as the pieces are so big, so would be easy for a younger child to put the pieces back in with ease. Another of the puzzles is animals. Beanstalk products tend to have a bit of a jungle theme and this puzzle represents a jungle. There are a few pictures of trees and flowers on the board itself but the pieces to pull out are animals such as an Elephant and a Tiger. I love this board at the moment as my boys love animals, they have so much fun when I take them to the zoo. This is helping me teach them the names of animals, they can't quite say the names yet, well yes they can in their baby babble but they are slowly grasping what I'm saying and starting to recognise certain animals. The third board has smaller pieces, each piece being an alphabet letter, again all multicoloured and appealing. When each piece is pulled out on the space on the board it comes out of there is a picture of what the letter stands for. For example when you pull out the letter C there is a picture of a Car and when you pull out the letter B there is a Ball. I personally think this will be a fun and easy way to help my boys understand letters and their sounds. I definitely reccomend these puzzles, I'm sure there are cheaper puzzles elsewhere but these are all eyecatching with their bright colours and just the fact that they are so simple and it helps children learn the basics and encourages them to interact to which is a bonus. You can buy these in store in Argos or online but of course if bought online there is a delivery charge.