“ Manufacturer: Mothercare / Type: Child Development - Problem Solving „
*** Please note I am reviewing the Mothercare number puzzle that is show here in the Dooyoo picture and that can be found at the link http://www.mothercare.com/ ELC-Lift-and-Look-Number-Puzzle/119148,default,pd.html. The other review on this item is a bit different but I want to make it clear that I am reviewing the correct puzzle. I have owned it for a number of years and still play with it now ***
We are forever counting in our house, counting as we go up the stairs, counting the number of footsteps we take to get to the door, counting the number of swings we do on the swings eye etc. I think this is the best way for my little girl to learn her numbers and I also thinking seeing the numbers and playing with the numbers is a great way of doing it too. Repetition and visual stimulation I think are the best way of learning and this Mothercare puzzle is great for that. It is a Mothercare/ELC collaboration as even though it is sold in Mothercare it was bought in the ELC section and has an ELC symbol on the side. The puzzle looks exactly like it does in the Dooyoo photo posted here.
The puzzle is really nice looking and is made well. Its a wooden puzzle with pegs on the puzzle pieces which makes it easy to put them in and out. On the top line of the puzzle you will find the numbers 1 to 5 and on the middle line you will find the numbers 6 to 10. In the bottom line there are 5 everyday shapes, a square, a circle, a triangle, a star and a heart. The numbers and shapes are nice and colourful and the puzzle includes reds, blues, oranges, greens and yellows.
The numbers and shapes are all really well formed and fit into the puzzle well. They do not stick and are not hard to get out and the pegs are just the right size for little fingers to be able to pinch and hold. Mothercare say that this skill develops hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity and I definitely agree. Its great to see my little girl being able to put the puzzle pieces in the right spaces all by herself. The numbers and shapes are all different colours and I think this is a great way of teaching different colours as well as you can say for example, "where does the blue triangle go or where does the red square go," for example.
What I also like about this puzzle is that there is a surprise under the puzzle pieces as well. When you lift out one of the numbers you will see that number written in word form so not only are you learning what the number looks like you are learning how to spell it too. Each written word is the same colour as the number above.
When you pull out a shape puzzle piece you will also see that shape written in word form so that is a great way of learning everyday words. Mothercare say that this develops memory and thought process and helps teach your little one about numbers which I definitely agree with. We have had this puzzle for a few years now and still play with it today so it definitely stands the test of time.
In conclusion this puzzle which costs £8 from Mothercare is a great way to learn and have fun at the same time.
My daughter is 19 months old and she recieved a lift out jigsaw puzzle for christmas, she got to the stage where she was able to do the puzzle with ease and I decided that as she loved playing with it to much I would buy her another one and try to challenge her a little.
I love Early learning Centre products as I find they are fantastic toys and brilliant quality so their shop was my first port of call, our local Early Learning Centre is situated within Mothercare and as I was wandering around this puzzle caught my eye. The puzzle is actually by Mothercare rather than Early Learning Centre and it cost £7 which compared to the ohers in the store at the time is really good value.
The jigsaw puzzle is bigger than the usual style of lift out puzzles being about 30cms x 45cms meaning the pieces are bigger too, when I saw this puzzle I liked that it was numbers and shapes so that my daughter can start learning these things through play rather than the normal animal pictures that seem to frequent these puzzles alot. The puzzle was very simply packaged with only a layer of cellophane over it fully sealed on all four sides, in the corner was a small triangular piece of card stating that the puzzle is for co-ordination, problem solving and physical development. The puzzle is aimed for children aged 12 months and upwards which I think is about the right age to start children on simple puzzles and the pieces make it easier for littler hands. On the rear of the card it lists some more benefits of the puzzle which are number recognition, teaches sequencing, develops hand to eye co-ordination, develops manual dexterity and develops memory and thought process, who would have thought a jigsaw could have some many benefits.
On opening the jigsaw the smell reminded me of when I use to do woodwork at school smelling like freshly sawn wood, the cellophane was pretty easy to tear away and remove. There are 15 pieces to the puzzle the numbers from 1 to 10 and then 5 different shapes which are a triangle, diamond, square, circle and hexagon, the puzzle pieces are about 4cms x 6cms although obviously the shape of the piece dictates the size, they are a really good size and very easy for little hands to handle.
Each puzzle piece has a piece of wood attached to it for your child to use to lift the piece out and replace it in the puzzle, the handles are the shape of a door knob and they are very strong and do not move on the piece at all. Each piece of the puzzle is very brightly coloured and then has a border of wood all around it, the colours used on the puzzle are yellow, green, orange, blue, red and purple which is a good basis of colours for your child to begin learning. When I bought the puzzle I expected for £7 that it would be simply a case of lifting out the pieces and putting them back in the correct places however on removing the pieces I was surprised to find there was more to the puzzle. Underneath each number there is a picture of fruit you have 1 apple, 2 oranges, 3 bananas, 4 pineapples, 5 bunches of grapes, 6 strawberries, 7 lemons, 8 cherries, 9 pears and 10 watermelon, underneath the shapes when they are removed is the name of the shape written out in words. When the pieces are removed the underneath is coloured the same colour as the number or shape which had sat in the space, I like this as erven without the pieces the board is colourful.
My daughter plays with this puzzle for hours, she plays with it the way it is meant to be played with but she also likes to place the pieces in her buggy and to wheel them around the room. My daughter is being challenged by this puzzle although she has very quickly recognised where the pieces go getting them in the correct way round is another matter and she does get stressed with it when she can't get them in and tends to fling the piece at someone to help her, once we place the piece next to its home the correct way she slips it in easily and then claps herself for doing so.
I love this puzzle and think it is amazing value for money and gave me more than I expected when I bought it. I like that the puzzle is so simple yet offers so many benefits and that my daughter is able to learn numbers, shapes, fruit names and colours all from one puzzle. We will sit for ages whilst I hand her a piece and tell her the colour and number or shape and then put it in the correct place together or I will take away the pieces and then count the fruits on the board with her. One thing I like about this puzzle is that the 9 isn't shaped like an upside down 6 which an issue I have with some childrens toys, they are easy to tell apart on this puzzle. I would recommend this puzzle and would say it is the best lift out puzzle I have ever purchased and certainly provides us hours of fun and learning.