Product Type: Galt Child Development
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Puzzling out a winner
Galt New Baby Puzzles
Member Name: historywitch
Galt New Baby Puzzles
Advantages: Cheap, well made, sturdy, appealing, bright
Disadvantages: Relatively short lifespan
Galt will be a familiar name to most of us, especially those of us who come in contact with children regularly. I grew up with Galt products and I have bought many of their craft activities both for my children and as presents for other people's. My daughter loved puzzles when she was a toddler so I was delighted when my son received the transport version of these puzzles for his first birthday. Transport is not the only theme you can buy (Jungle, Farm and Pets are also available) but is the one I own and will be reviewing. Average prices for these puzzles range from between £3.99 and £4.99 depending on where you buy from. The puzzles are recommended for children from 18 months and up.
The cardboard box has a carrying handle made of plastic which makes it easier both for a small child to carry the puzzle easily, and for a weary parent to scoop it up quickly from the floor. Inside are 6 sturdy little cardboard puzzles, each of which have two pieces and measure approx. 10-15 centimetres across. The images are brightly coloured with a friendly person and a purple dog travelling on each form of transport- helicopter, car, plane, tractor, train and boat. Each puzzle has two pieces and has been designed out of chunky cardboard with smooth edges; they are all very easy for little hands to complete.
My son got these puzzles when he was one and that was exactly the right time for him. He is now two and a half and lost interest in these puzzles six months ago in favour of bigger and more interesting jigsaws (like the Orchard big bus puzzle). When he was playing with them they were one of his favourite toys, we had to complete them several times a day. After a couple of months of parental help he was perfectly able to spot the matching pieces and then put them together by himself which really improved his confidence with puzzles. Once the puzzles had been made he had a lot of fun talking about the different forms of transport, making the noises and pushing them gently across the floor (and then crying when they fell apart).
These are some of the best puzzles that we have had for our children. They are chunky and easy to join, they are bright and colourful, they give lots to talk about, they are ideal first puzzles and they are easy to contain and store unlike flat wooden puzzles. For the price it couldn't be better really, any cheaper and you get that easily bent cardboard which is quickly ruined. The only negative is how long they last- unless you are planning to have more children these don't really have a very long lifespan - six months to a year, maybe more if you don't buy very many puzzles. Having said that these are in excellent condition and will be passed on to a family member, so they just don't have a long lifespan with us!
Galt baby puzzles make super gifts and I have bought them as new baby gifts for several new parents. They are very good at fostering a love of puzzles in small children and provide an awful lot of cheap, good quality entertainment.
Summary: great first puzzles
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