Product Type: Galt Child Development
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Puzzle fun for baby!
Galt New Baby Puzzles
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Galt New Baby Puzzles
Advantages: Brightly coloured, large pieces
Disadvantages: Unrealistic colours
Last Christmas I was looking for some simple jigsaw puzzles for my twins as I always loved them as a child and thought they were approaching the age where they would be interested. I came across these Galt boxes of 6 x 2 piece puzzles, there was a choice of designs pets, farm, transport (as featured in the dooyoo picture above) and jungle. I decided on the jungle animals as both my girls love lions and there was one in this set.
They come in a carboard box with a carry handle to make them east to transport, unfortunately the handle isn't firmly attached and was soon removed from the box by my toddlers and so I had to take it away. I like my girls to have access to the box so that they can learn to get the pieces out and also put them away again. They were 15 months when they started playing with these puzzles, the recommended age is 18 months +. Their first interaction involved the pieces being tipped out of the box and then put back in again.
I started making the puzzles so they could see the jungle animals, in this set there is an elephant, monkey, tiger, zebra, rhino and lion. They liked breaking the pieces back apart and just putting them in piles, this progressed to holding the pieces up so I could tell them the name of the animal on it. This was sometimes difficult when I was only shown the back of the pieces. These puzzles also help with teaching the different noises that animals make and my girls love roaring and Oo ooing.
Each puzzle is approximately 11cm x 15cm so each piece is a good size for little fingers to hold onto. The pieces slot together easily and one of my girls now aged 2 can just about make these puzzles. My other girl can identify which 2 pieces belong to each puzzle but prefers to put them in piles.
These puzzles are very brightly coloured which helps your little one with matching the pieces, in order to make the puzzles all bright colours the elephant and rhino are pink and blue respectively. The monkey also has an unrealistic green tummy. I like to see animals in their natural colours but I can understand that this wouldn't have made them as interesting to little ones.
The quality of the pieces is good and they are still in great condition even though my girls have attempted to eat them on occasion.
Price and availability
All four different set designs are available from Amazon and are currently (November 2012) priced at between £4.85 and £4.99. I think this is a reasonable price for these puzzles.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these puzzles are great first puzzles for your little one.
Summary: A great set of first puzzles
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