“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Puzzle „
This puzzle is made by the Early Learning Centre so it can only be purchased from there or in some Mothercare stores. I'm not sure what the RRP is as it was a gift and can't find it on their websites, the going rate for this kind of puzzle from there is around £8.
The puzzle pieces come in a metal tin with removable lid. This is great as most puzzles come in cardboard and the ones we have had in cardboard always become a little tatty. The lid of the tin also shows the puzzle once it has been finished so it's a little easier to put together.
The puzzle is circular shape, with 8 large rounded pieces going around the edge of the puzzle, and 4 centre pieces. I would estimate that the pieces are around 5cm wide for the outside pieces, the middle pieces are slightly smaller. The big size of these pieces make them easy to handle for younger toddlers.
The theme of the puzzle is 'my day', the middle pieces say this phrase, then the outside pieces go round in a clockwise direction of different things that children do in each day. These include breakfast time, play time, bath time and bed time and lots more. Each puzzle piece is dedicated to that time of the day and has a picture relating to it too. These pictures are easy to identify so help children work out what piece is for what time of day.
The puzzle is recommended for children aged 1-3 years, which I think is spot on, my daughter received this on her first birthday and she wasn't really interested in playing with it with me until she was around 16 months. Then she would just pass my each piece and I would have to slot it into place. When she was around 17 months she started giving things to me in the right order. Now she's 2 years old she can slot these into place, although it takes her a while to align the pieces, she can manage to get them all in the right order.
Since my daughter had this on her first birthday she was still in the 'put everything in my mouth' stage, so she had to watched like a hawk so that none of the pieces were put in and made soggy. But since she has never had the chance to have a nibble on these they are in fantastic condition despite being played with a few times a week. The tin that the puzzle comes in, on the other hand, has accidentally been stood on by me and is slightly dented now (when I say slightly dented, I mean a grown woman standing on it dented it a lot! But I manage to bend it back to a nice square-ish shape!).
I think this puzzle is a great introduction into the world of puzzles for toddlers. It has nice chunky pieces, ideal for little hands and introduces there routines so they know what happens in there days. At roughly £8, it is a little on the expensive side, but I think the quality definitely makes up for that.