Product Type: Ravensburger Child Development
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Thomas the Tank Engine puzzle board.
Thomas The Tank Engine Wooden Playtray
Member Name: teafan11
Thomas The Tank Engine Wooden Playtray
Advantages: Great for Thomas fans.
Disadvantages: pieces are easy to lose.
My youngest son is obsessed with planes and trains and has obviously come to love Thomas the Tank engine in all forms. His birthday was close, and having given away all the Thomas the tank engine toy ideas to family and friends as gift ideas, I had left myself short of ideas, and had been forced to select an altogether different themed gift. However I was wandering around the market just before his birthday last year and found the Thomas the tank engine wooden puzzle on sale for £5.00; I was very impressed and had to buy it as an additional birthday present for my little man. I was really chuffed to have found a Thomas the tank engine gift for him after all. I have seen them on sale in amazon for around £9.00 so I did get a wonderful bargain, and my little one adores it. The product is very hardy and well-made and is designed to aid pre-schoolers with identification skills. Children have to find the correct space to place the pieces. Each of the eight pieces are a different shape and Thomas character which makes it easier. The characters included are Thomas (of course), Harold the helicopter, Percy, Bertie the bus, the fat controller, James and Spencer and it is very brightly coloured with the famous Thomas and friends characters making it very appealing to younger children. The board is made of what looks like ply wood and is around 30cm by 20cm and is less than 1cm in thickness and it does the job amicably. It is incredibly light and has rounded edges which mean there are no sharp or rough edges. Each piece has a small knob on it for little fingers to be able to pick up and place into the correct spaces, and they all fit very nicely into its correct spaces. This has been through the wars since it was purchased being dropped and thrown etc. However we have lost and found the puzzle piece countless times but this is to be expected. But it still looks to be in great condition.
I must admit I tend to be drawn more to the traditional and wooden toys simply because I usually find them to be better made and last significantly longer, but that is my preference. They always seem a little hardier.
My son now finds this incredibly easy to do, but when he first received it he would spend ages trying to work out which piece goes where. Now he can do it with ease, and even though he finds it easy he still loves to play with it. I consider this a brilliant buy and it very good at aiding preschool skills like dexterity, shape matching and for increasing concentration levels. Any Thomas the tank engine fan will love this and it would make fantastic Christmas present or stocking filler. I would say that this product would be perfect for any pre-schooler.
The product manufacturers do say that the product is not suitable for children under 36 months but I bought it for my son when he was 24 months old and I have no problems at all. It also says that it should only be used under adult supervision.
Overall I would definitely recommend this product.
Summary: A wonderful puzzle for Thomas fans.
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