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We received this jungle puzzle, a basic baby jigsaw from Mothercare for my daughter's first birthday. It is ideal because the board is suitable for 12 months plus.
This is a high quality wooden puzzle with little pieces that have a small peg handle in them. There are five animals: giraffe; lion; zebra; elephant and monkey and each is nicely painted and easy to identify.
The puzzle is made a lot easier than other similar wooden jigsaws we have simply because behind the piece is a picture of the animal that is intended to go in that exact shape. This makes it more of an independent toy that our daughter can complete by herself with no assistance. The pegs make it easier to flittle hands to pick up and we enjoy making animal sounds when identifying the pieces (the monkey one is best) but I am not sure what a zebra or giraffe sounds like really!
As it was a present, I am not exactly sure how much this cost but looking at the site, most of this kind of board game retails at around £6. As it is such high quality and well finished I do think it is worth it.
This toy is excellent for coordination skills and fun to play with. It is annoying when some of the pieces go awol for a bit but it's nice to find them again when clearing up everything! We have cheaper versions of this from Asda and they just don't compare in quality. It can be hard to find a suitable present when a baby is turning one (that isn't clothing) so this kind of jigsaw is ideal when you want to encourage learning and interactive play.
I think there is a certain quality around wooden toys for children, although they tend to be a but more expensive they have a nicer feel to them than plastic. The jigsaws are a nice way to entertain your child for a few minutes although I do tend to put it away once we have played with it and made all the different animal sounds to try and keep all the pieces together! My daughter still enjoys playing with this seven months after it was gifted with her so I think it may last a while in the toy box.
This is a very simple little jigsaw that was bought for my daughter on her first birthday. It is from Mothercare and costs £5 or £6 I believe, and is designed for 12 months and over.
This is a wooden jigsaw that features five jungle animals - giraffe, zebra, monkey, lion and elephant. The base of the jigsaw is plain wood, and the five animals each has a little 'handle' on the top so can be removed from the base with ease. Unlike a traditional jigsaw there are no pieces to slot together - instead the animals simply sit in the base and can be very easily removed even by tiny little hands.
Underneath each animal is the corresponding image which helps little ones put the pieces back in the right place, and the name of each animal is written besides its 'house'.
A traditional look
This is a really lovely looking jigsaw. I think wooden toys are lovely anyway as they seem much more traditional, and can be a welcome relief from all the brightly coloured plastic that toys are usually made from! It is very simple in its design, and while the base is plain the animals themselves are nice and brightly coloured, and they each look distinctive from the other. However it's very easy on the eye which I think is what makes it nice for young babies - there isn't too much going on here at all - just a nice simple design and some big chunky wooden pieces to play with, bash about and, hopefully, complete the puzzle with!
My little girl liked this as soon as she got it, and she played with it on and off for many months. She enjoyed learning the names of the animals and was always pleased with herself once she learned how to master the art of completion!
Despite a fair amount of play, this looks as good as new without a scratch in it, so it's very durable.
The one thing I will say is that it isn't a toy that will get hours of use at a time. Rather it would get a few minutes here and there, so if you are looking for something to keep a young one busy for hours then this isn't the solution (but good luck with finding one if your child has an attention span anything like mine's!).
At three she is now far too old for this sadly, but she did use it until she discovered the world of excitement offered by two-piece jigsaws! However, baby number two is set to make an appearance next month so I'll be digging this out again no doubt!
For very young ones, I would recommend this jigsaw as it looks so nice, and has a real classic feel to it. You may not get hours and hours of use from it but it is a good price for something that looks so nice and is fun for little ones. It would make a lovely gift too!
This was the first puzzle my daughter owned as it was given to her as a christening gift. She was obviously too little to use it so it was put away till a little after her first birthday when i stumbled on it while de cluttering.
This is a lovely wooden puzzle with five animals pieces:
She loved the puzzle immediately as she absolutely loves animals. It was easy for her to grip the pieces as they have little wooden grips designed for little fingers so i was happy with that.
She was too little to know all the animals then but the puzzle definitely helped her with her hand eye co ordination and she was soon able to put all the pieces in with no problem at all.
It also helped a lot that there was a picture of each animal on the base as she was so young.
This puzzle didn't last too long in our house though as we gave it on to a friend as it was getting too easy for her and was no challenge at all.
Overall I would recommend this to a friend as its a great little starter for any baby.