“ Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months / Type: Jigsaws & Puzzles „
My mother in law always seems to provide a stash of jigsaws and activities like a magician with a rabbit in a hat whenever she is in the company of my kids. This is a great skill to have when they are getting boisterous as they start to get a bit too bouncy and physical for each other. Out comes the new activity, and the kids sit down hypnotised for 10 minutes. One of these activities was an attractive looking tin which contained 4 jigsaws showing Ted on his travels. The tin has a price tag of £7 on it, and it tells me it is a 2007 product made from a sustainable source. That definitely agrees with my principles. Inside is two 4 piece jigsaws and two 6 piece wooden jigsaws. All the jigsaws feature a different travel scene. Ted travels on a boat, a hot air balloon, a space rocket and an aeroplane. The jigsaws are all slightly different in appearance to make it fairly easy to do for a young child. One is a dark blue to indicate space, there is a light blue showing a cloudy background for the aeroplane, a darker blue sky for the hot air balloon, and a mix of sky and sea for the boat. The pieces have all been cut really well so it is easy to put 2 pieces togetherand the pieces are also thick enough not to bend when under a toddlers hand. The age range of the set is 18 months to 3 years old. My almost 3 year old still enjoys this set and finds it a little bit of a challenge to find the pieces for each jigsaw, but it won't last much longer. My 4 year old finds it far too obvious and babyish for him. It didn't occupy more than 10 minutes for my youngest, so i think it is definitely more for younger children in the age range and won't hold interest for long. The early learning centre jigsaws all strike me as a bit pricey at first, but they do last really well as the pieces don't bend or lose their bright coloured pictures. The presentation tin also helps it staying really nice. The tin is just big enough to hold the 4 completed jigsaws. A wise purchase yet again from Grandma.
I bought this tin of jigsaws from The Early Learning Centre a few months ago for my daughters first birthday. Teds Travels is a small metal tin containing jigsaws. The tin itself is mainly purple and yellow. These complimentary colours help increase its appeal to children - my daughter has spent just as long playing with the tin as the jigsaws inside. On the lid of the tin there is a picture with Ted in various modes of transport. There is also the Early Learning Centre logo. The lid of the tin has the name "Teds Travels" in bold green writing and also tells us that the jigsaws inside are made from forest friendly wood (always good to know) and suitable for ages 18 months to 3 years. Around the sides are very similar, but also include that the tin contains 2 x 4 piece jigsaws and 2 x 6 piece jigsaws. Inside the tin, as promised, are 4 jigsaws. The first 4 piece one is of Ted in the sky in a hot air balloon and the second features Ted out at sea in a boat. These 4 piece jigsaws are great for younger children. They have big chunky pieces that little hands can hold onto very easily and because they are made from wood, they're strong and will not easily be broken if the child decides to chew or twist them. The jigsaw pieces fit together quite easily. My daughter, at almost 14 months still needs a little help lining them up, so for an 18 month old (the age stated on the tin), I would imagine they would be the perfect starter puzzles. The first 6 piece jigsaw shows Ted again high in the sky, but this time his method of transport is a plane. The second 6 piece jigsaw is Ted amongst the stars in space in a rocket. These two jigsaws have all the same benefits as the smaller ones, but I think these are more difficult in order to suit the older end of the scale. I'm sure children nearing the age of three will find these slightly more challenging than the 4 piece ones. As already mentioned, the age range this is meant for is 18 months to 3 years. I can't think of any reason children under 18 months shouldn't play with it. Since my daughters birthday, she has enjoyed putting the pieces in and out of the tin and does attempt to put the jigsaws together herself. My older two (five and six) also enjoy playing with these. Although they aren't challenged by them, they enjoy racing to see who can finish them the fastest and like to show off at how easy they find them to complete compared to their baby sister! The tin of jigsaws cost me £7.00, but are currently being sold at www.elc.co.uk for £4.66. I think this is very good value for money when you consider its durability and the length of time it will last a child. The tin box is very handy. I've found that the usual cardboard boxes that jigsaws come in get bashed and ripped very easily. Whereas the tin box just has a few bumps which doesn't stop it from safely housing all the pieces. I'd definitely recommend this for young children and at the offer price, it makes a great cheap stocking filler for Christmas.
Four puzzles with a convenient travelling tin.