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At around 12 months of age my son developed a strong interest in puzzles which I was keen to encourage, however, the wooden puzzles that we had were getting very boring. I therefore decided to look for something a little bit different, but still along the same lines so that we had a little more variation. I found these wooden cogs on Amazon and thought he would love them. They are for age 18 months plus and cost me £8.40.
The cogs are like puzzle pieces in that they slot onto a wooden board which has pegs on. The cogs each have a hole in their middle through which the peg can be threaded. Once on the peg, they sit loosely and can be spun around. There are 11 cogs included, each brightly coloured with a different main colour - yellow, pink, green, orange, blue and purple. They also have different coloured patterns painted on too. The cogs are also different sizes and one has a small 'ball' like attachment which acts as the handle to spin the cogs round. The board itself has white outlines of cogs painted on - this acts as a guide as to where to place the cogs of various sizes so that they all fit on correctly and function well.
I gave these to my son when he was about 16 months of age. The minimum recommended age was 18 months but there are no small parts so I was happy for him to play with them at this age. He didn't really play with these as cogs as such at this age. He just liked removing them from the board and lining them up or stacking them. He did like to put them back on the pegs too, but got frustrated with this as he couldn't work out where the big/small ones went so he couldn't get them all on the board again. As he got older - towards 18 months - he began to use these cogs as intended and became better at placing them on the board correctly. He enjoyed spinning these too.
The cogs have really encouraged my son to develop his problem-solving skills and his fine motor skills too. We have also used them to help him to learn his colours and words like 'bigger' and 'smaller'. At 21 months now, he still enjoys playing with these and I think we still have quite a bit of use out of them yet. The cogs have remained in quite good condition - just a little bit of paint has chipped from them here and there and there are some paint marks from these on the board too where they have been turned. Overall though, they are in good condition despite a fair bit of (sometimes overzealous!) play so I think that they have been a great buy for us. Recommended.